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The Volume VI, Issue 11 November 12, 1996 BATESON TO SPEAK AT NEW COLLEGE by Rachael Morris Anthropologist and author Mary Catherine Bateson will visit New College for a series of events. Beginning on Sunday, November 17 at 3:30p.m., Bateson will conduct a workshop in the Anthropology Lab and then on Monday, will give a lecture at 10 : 00 p.m in Sainer Auditorium The Sunday workshop entitled "How Might the Insights of Anthropology Inform Decision Making ?" will be fol lowed by a tudent-sponsored dinner in Cook Hall at 6 :30 p m Students who wish to attend either or both of these events should contact Jenny Smitha in the Social Science office to sign up. After dinner, at 7:30 p.m., all are invited to at tend a Coffee House where the Drumming Tutorial and the Playwriting Workshop will perform. No sign-up is re quired for Bateson s lecture the following day, "Cybernetics Makes Poets of Us." In this appearance, she will discuss per ception and how emerging ways of viewing the world are effecting everyday life. Bateson i an anthropology profes-SEE "BATESON" ON PAGE 4 INSIDE Ivory Tower ........... ...... 3 Movie Review: Romeo + Juliet ... .4 Calendar ...................... 5 Conservation News ............ 6 Letters to the Editor ............. 7 stating the obvious N C TO HAVE CO -PRESIDENCY by Mario Rodriguez When Martha Alter and Matt Grieco i s sued a statement to the student body an nouncing that they would be running against one another, they didn't expect to be governing jointly. But as of last week's elections, New College will have a co-presidency begin ning in late January. The presidential campaign headlined NCSA elections, which were held last Tuesday after the deadline for candidacy was extended because some positions that were up for grabs had no takers. During "Meet the Candidates" last Monday, Jessica Falcone, current NCSA president, encouraged students to get sig natures for 3rd and 4th year SAC, Student Defender, and Student Court. Although Falcone conceded that "elections here are really laid back," she said she was upset there were were ini tially positions with no candidates and, in the end, students running unopposed. "I think [Tuesday's elections say] something about the level of student involvement here at New College, especially in regards to student government," she said. But Grieco pointed out that "you can't make people more involved by telling them they don't care enough Grieco and Alter plan to boost student involvement. They cite reforming town meetings, increasing student court activity and ratifying the constitution as some of their projects. "The word 'apathy' gets tossed around a lot here," said Grieco, poised on his bal-SEE "PRESIDENTS" ON PAGE 3 ANOTHER SWEET DEBATE by Charles Choi Last Tuesday, the decisions that Florida voters made on three amendments affected the economic and environmental future of Florida. As such, Save Our Everglades and the Citizens to Save Jobs and Stop Unfair Taxes met in a debate to sway voters to their respective causes. The amendment which generated the most controversy was Amendment 4, which would have imposed a penny per pound tax on raw sugar tax. on sugar com panies in order to raise funds to clean up the Everglades. Amendment 5 makes sure that those who pollute in the Everglades Agricultural Area will pay for the costs of their crime. Amendment 6 sets up the Everglades Trust Fund, which may be funded through any source, though it is linked to Amendment 4. Representative Gay, who helped to pass the Everglades Forever Act, moder ated the discussion between the audience and the two speakers during the debate. Ms. Hammond for the Citizens to Save Jobs and Stop Unfair Taxes, a group funded by the sugar corporations, won the coin toss before the debate and elected for Mr. Straw, director of Everglades Restoration for the National Audubon Society, to speak first. Straw said that it was unfortunate that agriculture and environmentalists were at odds in the biggest campaign in the his tory of Florida. The problem begins with the glacial sheet flow, which was chan neled and segmented decades ago to dump the trillions of tons of water that Oow in Florida into the Atlantic each year. Development and agriculture in Florida depends on cleaning the water of nutrients and pollutants, and the largest reconstruc tion project in the history of the world, with a projected budget of $5 billion. SEE "DEBATE" ON PAGE 2


2 The Catalyst "DEBATE" FROM PAGE 1 Hundreds of thousands of jobs depend on clean water, with $8 billion coming in from tourism alone Straw pointed out that the sugar com panies were the single largest source of nutrient pollution, which are present in the fertilizers used, among other things. In particular, Straw mentioned that the high phosphorus levels present in the water results in an explosive growth in algae populations, a radical change in one of the fundamental roots on which ecosystems are based. The Everglades Forever Act would bring the phosphorus levels down in in crements, and had cost $800 million to reduce phosphorus levels to 30 parts per billion (ppb) in Phase 1 of the plan. However, it would cost another $1.5 bil lion to reduce it to baseline level of 8 to 10 ppb, as set out in Phase 2 of the plan. With the aid of three pie charts, Straw showed that the sugar corporations paid only 27 percent for cleaning up the nutrient pollution, while taxpayers paid over 50 percent. If Amendment 4 were not passed, the sugar companies would pay 16 percent; if Amendment 4 were passed, the sugar companies would pay more than 50 percent. Hammond then gained control of the floor. She presented her personal stake in the outcome of the decision over Amendment 4 She herself lived on a 1, Cii"talyst ''"-TM ,.....,..._AI General Editor 1 ames Reffell Managing Editor Michelle Wolper Staff Writers Charles Choi, Rachael Morris Mario Rodriguez, Sara Foley Layout Heather Oliver Nicole Ganzekaufer Business Manager Tom Heisler Contributors Anne Tazewell sugar farm that her family had for over 70 years If Amendment 4 were passed, he said, nothing but another constitutional referendum could lift the proposed penny per-pound tax for 25 years, and that the economic impact on the sugar industry would amount to $2 billion. Hammond pointed out that the penny per-pound tax would render Florida uncompetitive in the sugar market. In ad dition, the impact on small farmers such as herself, who comprise around 30% of the Florida sugar industry, would amount to about $67,000 a year. Hammond claimed that the Phase 2 to the plan which Straw mentioned did not exist, or at least was based on technolo gies that did not exist yet. She said that the Everglades are worth saving, and that the Everglades Forever Act was a consensus plan that was hammered out as a peace treaty. She also said that there are 12,000 people employed in the sugar in dustry, with 40,000 auxiliary jobs. She saw no reason why the mistakes which re sulted from a Jack of foresight decades earlier should now be borne by her chil dren 25 years down the line. After both speakers stated their cases, the question-and-answer session began. Dave Doherty asked why a constitutional amendment was necessary in the first place. Straw replied that the environmen talist groups had tried the legislature, but were outnumbered 10 to 1 by the lobbyist groups, so there was no other way for November 12, 1996 such an initiative to be passed. Arkady Medovoy questioned the sta tistics that the two speakers bombarded the audience with, in particular the con flicting accounts that each gave concerning the phosphorus levels Straw said that although the levels at Everglades National Park were indeed 8 to 10 ppb ahead of schedule, levels at the agricul tural areas were still at around 90 ppb. He acknowledged that the sugar companies had reduced the phosphorus levels from 200 ppb to 90 ppb, but compared that to the fact that drinking a cup of Drano would be as bad for you as drinking a quart of Drano. Straw often utilized the graphs that he brought with him, at times using them as answers to questions to which they had no relevance. Hammond shed tears at the end of her piece, which dried up within about five minutes. In the end, we now know that Amendment 4 was defeated. However, Amendment 5 and 6 did pass, which is unusual, considering that Representative Gay himself said that Amendment 6 sets up a trust fund that is useless without the passage of Amendment 4, and that with out Amendment 4, Amendment 5 would only make the lawyers rich as they fought over who was to be held accountable. This seems to show that in theory the electorate does want to clean up the Everglades, but in practice, when it comes to the hard decisions, they are not willing to follow through on their ideals. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu!-catalyst/ Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu 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 oftice) 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 nnd 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. Tile Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson


The Catalyst "PRESIDENTS" FROM PAGE 1 cony. "I think the only way to get stu dents involved in student government is to make it work and show that it works." For example, by having the faculty ratify the NCSA constitution, which was drawn up in 1980 but was never officially recognized by the staff, Grieco hopes that students will be able to bring misde meanor charges before the student court Grieco said that although this option has almost always been granted in pa t situa tions, making it an acknowledged right will augment the activity and authority of the Student Court. Alter plans to reform town meetings by such simple means as making certain all chairs face center, or possibly moving the event to Palm Court. Alter felt this would benefit elections. "Town meetings and student input must be improved so as to avoid sign wars and to give people a clear idea of what they would be getting," she said. "A clear idea of where the can didates stood." Falcone agreed, and also hoped things like the NCSA newsletter, which began circulation in the spring, and the more comprehensive orientation given this year's incoming class would improve stu dent elections and involvement. She feels NCSA ought to pursue people who are generally interested in student govern ment but don't know where to begin, such as new students "It's only after you've been elected to the space committee that you ask, 'What the hell has the space committee been doing all these years,"' she said. "I would hope that in the future peo ple who are first-years now would take the leadership roles and positions because they know more about how student gov ernment works here at New College .... Student government needs to be de-mysti fied .... Then people will be very comfortable taking student government positions." Like Falcone, Alter and Grieco plan to work to improve the communication be tween NCSA and students But according to Grieco, with two working where one once stood, some are critical that a stu dent body ought to have one leader to avoid dissent in the rank But Falcone, who encouraged Alter and Grieco to form a co-presidency after they tied the reelection 69 to 69 on Wednesday, said that there is nothing in the Constitution or Code of Elections that forbids a dual executive head. In fact, nei ther document specifies the proper way to break a tie in a presidential election. What's more, Falcone said New College had a co-presidency before that worked out well. "From the interaction Martha and I have had thus far," said Grieco, "I think [having a co-presidency] will be benefi cial. We can split up some of the more mundane, bureaucratic jobs, so I think that would make it [the office] more effi cient, and I can't really foresee us having any partisan conflicts." Alter and Grieco, whose political track-record Alter said complimented her own, will both have the power to sign checks and documents for official ap proval. Their vice president, who will be named in January, will not have the power of sign, keeping the total net pow ers of the student executive branch constant in this respect. In the past, the president and one vice president held the power of sign. In addition, $700 is allotted per se mester to the executive branch. The president usually receives $600 and each vice president $100. Alter and Grieco will receive $350 each. Falcone will spend the next few months familiarizing the co-presidents with their office. "It's just not the kind of job you want to be jumping into," she said. During the interim, Alter and Grieco welcome your input. You can reach Alter at Box 364 and Grieco at Box 234, or at 355-5825. PUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT 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 CATALYST@V/RTU. November12, 1996 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International 13 people were killed and 30 injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded in a crowd of mourners at a memorial ser vice in Moscow. Police believe that organized crime gangs linked to Afghan war veterans' groups are responsible for the blast. The dead included the widow, mother and uncle of Mikhail Likhodei, a veterans' leader whose murder in a bomb blast on November 10, 1994, was being commemorated when the blast oc curred. Little action was taken by world powers this weekend to help refugees dying in Eastern Zaire. Starving Burundian and Rwandan Hutus must be helped, say aid agencies, but the refugees are too weak to go straight home, even if they could cross the front lines in the fighting that sent them flee ing their camps when local Tutsis rebels took up arms three weeks ago. National President Clinton scolded the liquor industry, who announced on Thursday that it would lift the 60-year-old volun tary ban on adverti ing hard liquor products. Clinton said it was irresponsi ble for the industry to expose children to such ads. The four major television net works (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX) will continue not to run liquor ads, but about 1,200 commercial stations across the na tion could be targeted by the industry. The FBI, Secret Service and the Navy are strongly denying recently alle gations by former ABCTV reporter Pierre Salinger that a U .S. Navy missile shot down TWA Flight 800. The previ ous day, Salinger said that he had seen a document which supported his allega tion. Salinger showed reporters his document but wouldn't let them read it. Local Police in Tampa reported that a 13-year-old girl was dragged into a bath room at Franklin Middle School and raped by two 14-year-old boys on Thursday. The boys were arrested, but maintained that it was consentual sex


4 The Catalyst A WEEK IN PREVIEW Wednesday, November 13 Staged reading of a one-act play Minimum Rage: An Ode to the Crap Job 8:00 p.m in theTA. Ani of Dee-Lite will perform at The Rubb in Ybor City. Thursday, ovember 14 John Lambie, creator of the Florida Hou e, will peak on Sustainable Future : Getting the Future You Want. 7:00p.m. in Sudakoff Center. Marilyn Manson with NY Loose will perform at Jannus Landing at 8:00p.m. Tickets cost $16. Friday, November 15 Performance of Baby with the Bathwater at 8 :00p.m. in Sainer Auditorium. Open mike poetry reading at the bay at 10:00 p m., sponsored by GOULASH!!! Bring candles, peo ple and poetry. Garbage and Sma hing Pumpkins will perform at the Ice Palace in Tampa. Saturday, November 16 Performance of Baby with the Bathwater at 8:00p.m. in Sainer Auditorium. Activist open mike poetry reading in Palm Court, sponsored by Amnesty International. Sunday, November 17 Wildlife Rescue's Benefit Concert at The Lemon Coast Grill and Goove, from 2:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. Elysian Sex Drive, Liquid Crunch Tower and Attic Owl and other local band will perform. Monday, November 18 Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson will speak about Cybernetic in Sainer Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. November 12, 1996 MOVIE REVIEW: ROMEO + JULIET by Heather Oliver At first glance, this film seems to be just another pop-culture attempt to rip off the classics True, it i a startling mix of Quentin Tarantino and William Shakespeare, but it is also a cinematic blitzkreig, with a talented cast and an al most fanatical devotion to a timeless script. The story opens (and closes ) with a televised newscast about the deaths of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, and cuts to the opening brawl : a gang fight. This, like the rest of the film is word-for word from Shakespeare. The sword references are retained and are explained with camera shots of the characters' guns, engraved with "sword," "rapier," "dag ger, and so on. This is slightly cheesy, but extremely clever The beginning of the movie is jumpy, neon, and MTV-ish, but after establishing the neo-Verona environment, the plot gets really juicy. The acting is just phenome nal. With expressiveness probably not seen since the play ran in the Globe Theatre, the cast delivers every dark nu ance, comedic pause, and naughty thrill. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) play every scene to the hilt masterfully evoking the sighs, laughs, and tear that arc scripted but often false or absent in lesser productions WALL PREVIEWS Friday, November 15 Eric P.'s wall Saturday, November 16 Lisa T.'s wall If you want more info about your wall to apyear in The Catalyst, e-mai us! Here the cinematographer displays his true art: the two lovers reach new heights in the balcony scene. They first meet while staring through the beautiful isola tion of a fish tank, of all things. While other scenes are dizzying, gaudy, and garish (purposely so), the Romeo and Juliet scenes are steadily a cool tender blue. The suicide scene at the end (c mon, if you don't know how Romeo and Juliet ends, you need to get out more often) is the film s greatest de parture from traditional Shakespeare, and believe me, it works. Juliet awakens just as Romeo is about to drink the poison, and watches him die! She holds him ten derly, remonstrates him (as scripted) for not leaving her any poison, kisses him, then shoots herself in the head. Surrounded by pillows, flowers, candles, and glowing neon cruciforms, the lovers manage to make this moment more tender than seems possible. Sure, the film has its bad points A poster of Christ resembles Eddie Vedder The set, moviegoer Sarah Gei mar said "reminded me of a beautiful woman with too much makeup on," and the whole neon/gangsta element makes a bludgeon ing social commentary where only a hint is required Overall, though, Shakespeare s Romeo +Juliet is finely crafted and remarkably beautiful. "BATESON" FROM PAGE 1 sor at George Mason University in Virginia and the daughter of celebrated anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Bateson's career as a cultural anthro pologist has lead her to many diverse fields including linguistics colle giate administration and, most notably, literature She has written many books, including With a Daughter s Eye, Composing a Life, Our Own Metaphor and Peripheral Visions. Bateson's books have covered a vari ety of topics covering autobiographical experiences, AIDS awareness, women's equality and Pre-Is l amic linguistics. For further information, contact Eben Kirksey at Box 361


The Catalyst We never realized how many Star Wars junkies were out there. Last week we asked you to tell us who your favorite Star Wars character was and why (extra points for rhyming.) Morgan Bennet will receive two tickets to Burns Court Cinema, Adriel and Sara, our second-place win ners, will receive one ticket each. And the winning entries are: Ode to a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard Owned by Jabba the Hutt By Jabba the Huge. Sits his little stooge. Cackling lewd cries. To all who pass by. His mangy brown fur. You see in quick blur. As he tries to rewire. R202's n w plier. Half of him is crazy monkey, That' the part that smells o funky; Lizard is the other half. Sup rbly killed at social gaffe. Never has there ever been. A ourti r a gross as him! -Morgan Bennett Election results for 1115/96-1116/96. 1st year SAC: Jennifer Shaw, Doug Christy 2nd year SAC: Hazen Komraus 3rd year SAC: Nick Napolitano 4th year SAC: Julie Allen Student Prosecutor: T.J. Brown, Krista Young (Young won, but declined to Brown) Student Defender: Charles Choi, Daniel C. Sutton Kolb Student Court: Ayla Samli, Trina Sargalski, Brynne Romano November 12, 1996 5 My favorite character is Greedo. 1 certainly think he is neato. He has plungers atop his green head Hans Solo tries to shoot him deadIt's ju t not easy b ing Gr edo. -Adriel Levine I am in love with Princess Lei a: she's better than a holiday-a. She wears earmuffs. Stylish? Tres-a. And knows how to fire a space AK-a. My favorit guy is the little one. Yoda. He controls the Force. and could lift a Toyota. Though Obi-wan's fast. th Gr en One is faster; I want him as my own p rsonal Jedi Master. Skywalker Jr. goes by first name Luke. I'd vote for him rather than for David Duke. He prolly play songs on a box w call Juke, Unfortunately, his name rhymes well with "puke". Sara St etle Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opin ions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions hould be received by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's i uc


--------------------------------------6 The Catalyst November 12, 1996 CONSERVATION NEWS Contributed by Anne Tazewell Some efforts are blessed with an ease that reaffirms one's faith in the cosmos. So it was with a brief meeting I arranged be tween Dan Dunn, the Food Service Director for the Salvation Army and Bob Quigley, Marriott's manager. Quigley agreed to donate our cafeteria leftovers to help feed Sarasota's homeless. The Salvation Army feeds 300 persons daily at their downtown location and will make good use of the leftover rice, beans, pasta, and veggie dishes that Marriott would otherwise throw out. Marriott regulations prohibit the reuse of cooked food in their kitchens. For example, if they have leftover rice they are unable to use it to make fried rice the next day. A waste stream analysis conducted last week found that, on average, 22 gallons of preconsumer food waste is thrown out daily from our cafete ria. Last year's Solid Waste Reduction tutorial calculated that 15.4% of Marriott's waste stream was food. Although Quigley intends to decrease this amount by half, through better meal planning, donating, our remainders to feed the homeless is a beneficial situation for all. The Salvation Army will be picking up our leftovers daily Monday-Friday and on an on-call basis over the weekend. They use the same type pans and will simply switch empty pans for full ones. If there are any students avail able to drive the leftover food to the Salvation Army shelter it would be a big help to Mr. Dunn, who personally will be picking up our leftovers every morning. In addition to being the food service director for the Salvation Army, Mr. Dunn helps coordinate the Sarasota County Coalition For the Homeless, an organization of 160 agencies and individuals that represent and serve the 1,100+ persons who are homeless in our county on any given day. He would welcome student involvement with these efforts. He particularly men tioned the need for volunteers with cars who could drive people to doctor's appointments, job interviews, etc. A 1995 HRS Report to the Governor states that statewide 65% of the homeless are newly homeless and that 40% of the homeless statewide are families. The most sobering statistic, however, is that across the U.S. the average age of the homeless is 9 years. Please don't let these statistics paralyze you, but rather propel you into action. Call Mr. Dunn at 364-8854 to find out how you can help. And remember, from now on, the food you don't eat will be going to feed someone hungrier than you! Anne Tazewell is the Resource Conservationist for NCIUSF. SAC MINUTES FROM NOVEMBER 7, 1996 Members in Attendance: Meg, Alice, Peter, Hazen, Agnes, Mario, Jake (proxy.) All votes were unanimous. Hugo R. Brown requested $ J 200 for College Bowl, 20 $60 packets, $165 reg istration fee. Allocated: $600 for packets. Neil Lott requested $20 reimbursement* for drinks purchased for Sugar Debate, $60 for food and drink to be provided during speaker John Lambie's appear ance. Allocated: $15 had been allocated previously to the John Lambie appear ance, $15 additionally were allocated for food and drink for an anticipated crowd of 30 people during this event. *Although the SAC issued no reimburse ment because it wished to take a stand op posing people purchasing things with funds for which they were not allocated, and stress the need for planning, the SAC values Neil as a human being. Anne Tazewell requested supplies for or ganic/international cooking class to be taught in Marriott kitchen 3 hours weekly for six weeks, plus her $35-per-week salary. Allocated: $210 to cover her salary. Please advertise! Robert Knight requested $182 for Goulash! I I poetry/fanzine-esque student publication costs (i.e. Xerox costs for 200 copies.) Allocated: $ J 82. Buy !----sen Trade Heather Oliver requested $ J 126.64 for stage equipment (lightbulbs, ellipses and extension cords.) Allocated: $794.64, in cluding $30 for extension cords and cord repair, $220 Altman baby zoom ellipse 15-30 degree 6$47.69 fresnel bulbs, 6 $4.75 Rosco gels and shipping. Karen Lewis requested $12.72 forBdorm dish racks. Allocated: $12.72. Nick Napolitano requested $50 more for Games Galore! (money for prizes.) Allocated: $50. Hazen Komraus requested money for kits and materials for the kite club. Allocated: $136. Off Downtown Sarasota 1488 Main St. Downtown Sarasota, FL USA Mon-Thurs 10 Fri-Sat 10-9 Sun 12 (813) 366-1373


The Catalyst November 12, 1996 7 EDITORIAL: SURVIVING U S 41 U.S. Highway 41 is your enemy. The road which lies beside (and actually runs through) our quiet cozy college is actually a road which has claimed lives and injured many others. It has also been a place of harrassment, countless car collisions and fender benders. If you're riding your bike to and from campus (or anywhere, for that matter) try to avoid 41 altogether. If you must use 41, use the designated crosswalks and heed the "don't walk" signals. When crossing the road, don't assume that the oncoming traffic will yield to you. Don't assume that the oncoming traffic will even see you. If using crosswalks means that you'll be late to class, be late. This semester alone, a few New College students have been hurt while driving or bicycling down 41. It's simply a few students too many. If you're driving down 41, realize that many of the drivers around you probably are worse drivers than you, or at least are not a careful as they should be. With this in mind, stick to the speed limit (45 mph) andremain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you. One can succesfully stop short only so many times. U.S. 41 is also home to a number of lonely per verts. With this in mind, refrain from walking alone, especially at night. We should be able to feel safe on 4 I, but the harsh reality is that many poor drivers (and perverts) race up and down U.S. 41 all the time. With this in mind, plea e be safe. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: HALLOWEEN PCP To whom it may concern, This letter is in response to the various comments we have received regarding the Halloween PCP There are two points we would like to address Fir t and foremost we would like to suggest that those indi viduals who find themselves somewhat ignorant of the proceedings of the SAC should perhaps research the ways in which money is allocated for student ac tivities prior to making inappropriate accusations. For those who arc incapable of informing them elves, reading the fol lowing paragraph might prove beneficial. In order to obtain money for any stu dent activity, such as a PCP, the sponsors of the activity must petition the SAC (Student Allocations Committee) The SAC is a group comprised of 8 students whose job is to allocate money for vari ous student activities Petitioning the SAC entails presenting each student on the committee with a detailed list of all mate rials being requested. The SAC peruses the list and subsequently decides how much of the total sum will be allocated The activity sponsors then obtain purcha e orders for the materials, NOT cash-and this is the sticky part, for peo ple like us who would otherwise attempt to use the money for drugs, beer, and prostitutes-to be used only at the specified stores. The activity sponsors then return the itemized receipts to Student Government Comptroller Barbara Berggren, who then ensures that the spon sors did in fact use the funds in an appropriate manner. So you see it is rather impossible to spend your precious student funding on our lewd and lascivious habits. In case you need further proof of our integrity, the purchase orders and receipt have been posted on the door of the equipment room. As for the matter concerning the pres ence of "townies at the PCP, be assured that these were only our closest drug dealing and prostituting friends whom we personally invited. "Undesirables," as they have been referred to, were weeded out at the door, which was constantly monitored by one or more of the PCP sponsors. And besides, folks, it's a PCP, an event in which the New College bub ble is popped, allowing outside influences to permeate Finally, thanks to all those who helped organize the endeavor, especially to those wonderful folks who cleaned up after YOUR mess. And pecial thanks goes out to those who sponsored the event (i.e. the under igncd), for they certainly deserve it. Warmest regards, Christina Manning Heidi Paskoski Michael Hantman Jill Doran I am concerned with the degree of ag gression and violence that I saw at the Halloween PCP (all of which involved non-students.) I will not list incidents, but many people were harrassed verbally and physically (and probably psychologically as well considering the drugs involved.) Many told me that they, like myself, felt unsafe outside. I would like to see us come up with a proactive solution to this problem. My suggestion is that we welcome only New College students, alums and those who know one of the former well enough to have them ign a guest pass for them. I know that many people feel that townies make the PCPs more exciting, but I think that that aspect of their presence has be come outweighed by the possible and actual violence as well as general fear that some of them created. Maybe invit ing Ringling students would make the PCPs more than a wall. The argument that "having open PCPs is one of the few ways that we give back to our community" seems irrelevant to me. If people really tee! strongly about giving back, long-term volunteer projects would probably be more appreciated in the long run than a few parties in a year. Whatever you thing, please come to the next town meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 5:00p.m. to create a plan. -Noah Teitelbaum


8 The Catalyst Have you ever been to the Crosley Estate? Come and help clean up this great piece of New College property while learning all about the plants and an imals there! Refreshments will be served Meet at Ham Center on Saturday, November 16 at I : 00 p m The Crosley Estate is on U.S. 41 between Ramada Inn and the old drive-in. For more informa tion, call 359-2850 or put a note in Box 411. Pending approval by the Humanities Division New College s tudents will be able to take an Advanced Acting Course this year in either of two formats: as a group ISP in January or as a course in first module of second semester. On both occasions the course will be taught by faculty of the Asolo Conservatory. The course will focus on intensive scene study, primarily in twentieth-century real istic drama. The course is intended primarily for students who have taken Introduction to Acting with the Asolo ei ther this fall or in the past but students with equivalent theater training are wel come to :tpply. Enrollment will be limited. To apply for the course, send a note to John McDiarmid, Humanities by November 22. The note should indicate the following: contract number you are in: past theater experience and training; reasons for wanting to take the course; whether you want to take the course as an ISP or in second semester (if either would be acceptable, please indicate); a tele phone number at which you can be reached. Enrollment decisions will be an nounced before Thanksgiving. Students can submit research results and creative work in any discipline to The National Conference on Undergraduate Research, to be held April 24-26, 1997 at the University of Texas at Austin. New College will assist students whose work is accepted for presentation with the cost of participation The deadline for an ab stract describing your research report of creative work/performance is December 31, due at U. of Texas. (the actual re search does not have to be complete at that time.) November 12, 1996 CAREER CENTER Harry S. Truman Scholarships: The Foundation awards merit-ba ed scholarships are for juniors who have outstand ing leadership, plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service and wish to attend graduate school. Scholars participate in leadership development pro grams and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. A Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 Anyone interested in ap plying must see Karen Patriarca, Coordinator of Career Development PME-119, about the nominating process. On campus deadline: December 20 1996. International Institute of Russian Language and Culture: Tver InterContact Group, an independent educational and consulting organization, offers an opportunity to enroll in the Second Annual Winter School in Tver International students spend 2-6 weeks. Weekly program includes : 24 hours of class room instruction, 8 hours of area study seminars, and 16 hours of Russian language classes Program beings January 6, 1997. The tuition and education material costs have been waived. The program fees cover accommodations, including half-board (homestay option), the cultural enrichment program, excursions and a small adminis trative fee Rosewell Park Cancer Institute Research Participation Program in Science: A program for college undergraduates who will benefit from an intensive pregradu ate (Ph D.) research experience. Program runs from June 9 to August 15, 1997 Selected participants receive a $2,500 stipend; plus room, board, research and trans portation expenses are partially covered by the grant. Application deadline: February 15, 1997. MTV Internship: Serve as a local online stringer, reporting on music happenings and other grassroots items of interest to MTV viewers in your area. Must have strong writing skills and be able to meet regular weekly deadlines ; must be a college junior or higher and be at least 21 years old with valid I.D ; must be comfortable with online services and have an e-mail account; must be able to receive school credit for this internship. Serve & Learn in Mexico City: Casa de los Amigos offers I to 2-week seminars focusing on issues of social con cern in Latin America s largest megalopolis. Activities include several days working on a community project, field trips to local service organizations, guest lectures, visits with local people, and group reflections. English translation is provided for all events. Fees of $35 U.S. per day cover lodging, local transportation, and most meals. Democracy Winter 1996-97: Democracy Winter is a two week hands-on seminar in grassroots organizing de signed to bring young people into the progressive movement and train them in basic tools of civic activism. Participants will work with professional organizers on cam paigns for economic rights, democratic political reform, and civil liberties. Open to student 18 or over. Program dates: December 9-23, 1996 and January 2-16, 1997. Participants will work full-time and will be provided with a stipend of $150, housing and subsidized transportation. Application deadline: November ll, 1996. The City of New York: The Urban Fellows Program-is a nine-month $18 000 fellowship for college grad uates and graduate students that combines full-time employment in New York City government with a comprehensive seminar series that explores key issues facing the City. Application deadline: January 20,1997. The Government Scholars Program offers a similar opportunity for college sopho mores, juniors and seniors, through a ten-week $3,000 summer internship. Application deadline: January 13, 1997.

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