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Volume VI, Issue 9 October 29, 1996 They called me cracker and worse! TIBETAN MONKS COME TO NEW COLLEGE by Mario Rodriguez Party animal? If the answer is yes, you might want to check out some wildlife of a different kind before the Halloween PCP. "Wildlife, Tamed Mind: The Spirit of Tibet," a tour including twelve Tibetan monks, will perform at Sudakoff on Saturday, November 2 at 8:00p.m. Admission is free for all New College students. The tour combines photographic images of the Tibetan landscape and culture with ritual dance, prayer and philosophi cal debate. ''The rationale for this tour is two fold," said John Newman, Professor of Asian Religions, who was instrumental in bringing the monks to campus. "The pri mary [purpose] is funds for the [Sera] monastery that was destroyed by the Communist Chinese in the 1950s." When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rose to power in the 1950s, they invaded Tibet and set about purging it of Buddhism, which clashed with the new regime's ideology. The CCP claimed that SEE "MONKS" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower ................... 3 Week in Preview .............. .4 Queer Formal ................. .5 Election '96 ................... 6 Letters to the Editor ............. 8 Announcements ................ 10 .-QUIGLEY IMPRESSES BUT JURY STILL OUT contributed by James Taylor Marriott's response to the Princeton's review survey designating them as "The Worst Food In The Nation" was remark ably swift. Food service manager Mike McMee descended from Eckerd College to oversee the operations and, more im portantly, damage control. In the grand tradition of George Steinbrenner, the manager, Peggy Hendon, was replaced and New College received its third food service manager in as many years. Her replacement, Bob Quigley, was brought in by McAfee to improve the bot food line and public and employee rela tions. Quigley previously worked as executive chef at Eckerd for tyvo years. In addition, he has ten years of experience as a hotel chef. "The food preparations techniques need guidance." Quigley observed upon arrival. A new cook was also needed to ease the burden of baker Mary Joly. A former employee, Charles Heathigh, was hired for that purpose. Most importantly, however, Quigley has insisted on purchas ing fresh foods rather than his predecessor's choice of frozen foods. "It's gotten a hell of a lot better ... [the] new manager does a few things dif ferently and suddenly vegetables aren't mush and spaghetti isn't soup," responded third-year student Adam Clark to therecent hot food offerings. "It's getting better and there are more than five recipes being used at the moment," added fourth-year Jason Jacobs. "There's better selection of drinks ... and the salad bar is way better," noted second-year Bridget Schettler. New students, unaccustomed to years of campus food, were more reserved in their praise of Quigley's efforts. SEE "MARRIOIT" ON PAGE 3 MEETING WITH DEAN MIKE by Charles Choi As about 2% of the New College stu dent population found out last Thursday in the open discussion with Dean and Warden Gordon Michalson, the new Dallas and Elizabeth Dort dormitories will not open next fall as promised, un less, as Michalson put it, "there is a God and all sorts of miracles occur." The contractor went 20% over the projected budget for a $400,000 "deba cle," as Michalson called it, and it is not possible to renegotiate the bid. There are two basic choices: start the demanding process over again, or fiddle around with the existing plan. :increasing demands for construc tion in Sarasota makes it hard for New College to get a cheap bid, as contractors do not have to worry about a shortage of work. A similar deal occurred in the 1980s with the first bid for the construc tion of Caples. However, when a second bid was made, the construction industry was in a slump, thus the contractors un derbid. 1l1e plan at this point to make up for the extra $400,000 of costs is to get $200,000 from public and private sources and then to somehow cut $200,000 from the budget. There were a number of jokes made about removing walls, bathrooms, ceilings and stairs to save on costs, none of which were seriously entertained. SEE "MEETING" ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst "MONKS" FROM PAGE 1 Tibet had always been a part of China, a stance the Chinese government maintains to this day Newman, however, feels that it s not so much Communism that's driving [the occupation), it's Chinese cultural and eth nic superiority It's racism He has worked with the Tibetans for 20 years and compares their plight to that of Native Americans. "They feel devastated," he said. "Their traditional culture has been nearly obliterated." In the late 60s the Indian government offered the Tibetans land in South India. Thousands of refugees aided displaced monks over a period of two years in re building Sera monastery, which, at 477 years old, is the second largest monastery in the world. But recently, the population of Sera doubled in the wake of new CCP reforms that allow anyone to flee Tibet. By enact ing these "reforms, the CCP is putting a strain on Sera and other South Indi a n monasteries protesting the Chinese occu pation of Tibet. "Tibet is often idealized by Westerners," he said It s romanticized as 'Shangri-La' which is kind of a silly stereotype. But nevertheless, there's sound truth in that stereotype. "AU the Tibetans I've spoken to said they would go back to the old system in a second as opposed to the oppressive ,c;;: rtalysf General Editor James Reffell Managing Editor Michelle Wolper Staff Writers Charles Choi Sar a Fol e y Rachael Morris Mario Rodriguez Layout Heather Oliver Nicole Ganzekaufer Business Manager Tom Heisler Contributor James Taylor News Chinese system." Initially a warring people, the Tibetans established an empire between the seventh and ninth centuries which brought them in contact with Buddhism Two centuries later, Buddhist monasticism was the dom i nant cultural tradition in Tibet. By the 18th century the Dalai Lama had become the reincarnating head of what was, according to Newman, "a very quiet place" compared to the rest of the world. A common misconception, however, said Newman is that Tibetan monks practice martial arts. They never have. Rather, the Dalai Lama calls for Tibet to once again be hailed a demilitarized zone. So if you were expecting to see a mar tial arts demo on November 2, think again. Tibetan Buddhist rituals, said Newman, "are generally done to affect some sort of harmony within human soci ety." The other aspect of the monks' two fold rationale "is to acquaint Westerners and Americans in particular with the his tory and tradition of Tibet o as to better allow them to understand the cur rent situation said Newman The performance will also b e narrated by a nun, marking the first time Tibetan nuns have been introduced to the West via cultural performance In fact Newman pointed out that Tibetan women have al ways held high social status. Before the turn of the century, Tibetan women had more social mobility than many of their October 29, 1996 Western contemporaries. Buddhist con vents, although of lower educational caliber than the monasteries, represent one form of upward mobility for women. According to Newman, the fact that monasteries provided ready potential for transcending class was one of the reasons the CCP tried to root them out. In light of such events, the first act of the tour culminates with an appeal from the Dalai Lama for recognition of the Tibetan plight as well as for cultural em pathy. The second act includes a prayer in the Awesome Voice," a chant which one critic described, as if one were descend ing to the very foundations of the universe." This prayer is intended to be for the benefit of all beings, because altruism, said Newman, is the basic motivation of Buddhist education as well as an underly ing goal of the tour. Newman encouraged all New College students to enjoy the free show and sug gested that if you really want to know the way things are you have to invest s ome time to ascertain the facts." John Newman needs 10 volunteers to s e t up Sudakoff for the performance. Anyone who has a special interest should report to the couches in front of the Fishbowl in Hamilton center at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. The ten strongest volunteers will be chosen. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http ://www.sar. usf edu/-catalystl Direct submi sions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 email@example.com Submissions may also be placed in the Catal y st 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 word s 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 "MEETING" FROM PAGE 1 Michalson said "It doesn't help all of you for me to tell you this You're not going to be here indefinitely, and maybe this is more to console myself; but we had planned this all so carefully." The focus of conversation then moved from new to old. The Master Plan for space on New College envisions B-Dorm being phased out in the next decade and for all the Palmer buildings to be taken down in the next two decades Director of Housing and Student Affairs Mark Johnson does not support the demolition of B-Dorm as long as there is a demand and need for bed space on campus. "MARRIOTT" FROM PAGE 1 "It's improved but it could be much better," observed first-year Michael Shannon. "It's gotten minutely better," said first year Donna Beth Ellard. The University has even used a reju venated auxilliary fund to help in the effort The University is now picking up the tab on the utilities The cafeteria fi nally has a hot-water heater, although its installation was painfully slow Now stu dents will enjoy the privilege of eating on china with silverware. Alas, we mu t bid adieu to the much beloved sporks. The funds generosity even extended to repair the ovens for Joly and Heathigh. The auxiliary purse strings, however, have not opened to make other capital im provements. Cafeteria workers must still contend with faulty burners and fryers. In addition, Quigley has a clear prefer ence for gas facilities over the current electric equipment. This would provide an instant heat as well as real charbroil ing. The $20,000 price-tag renders this improvement a pipe-dream for the time being. "Peggy (Hendon) did not respond well to criticism," food service representive Jen Rehm recalled. Quigly, on the other hand, remains calm. His amicable and laid-back demeanor has left employee, Tina Evans gushing and first-year student Rachel Labes impressed. Labes missed News But the Palmer Buildings are far from perfect. For instance, the northern end of Palmer Building E has been sinking into the ground due to the growing crack on a wall. When the crack was filled, organic material was included which is now rot ting and taking the whole building with it. The threat of sinking is not confined to Palmer Building E, as organic material was used in all the foundation fills. It is possible to jack the letter buildings up as if they were cars, but that would be ridiculously expensive, especially if one considers that the Palmer buildings are all supposed to be temporary structures, such as Selby and Hanson Buildings the cafeteria hours to pick up her Tree of Life order, but Quigley unlocked the fish bowl and retrieved her order. When Labes reviewed her order she discovered items missing as well as items she hadn't ordered. Quigley patiently listened and corrected the order He was very accommodating," Labes reflected He's just a cool dude," Evans stated emphatically. Students, however, will re quire more time to evaluate these changes and gain confidence in the sincerity of Marriott's overtures. Quigley will have the advantage of a philosophica l student body aware of food service problems. Whether its general apathy or mature dis cernment, students aren't calling for Marriott's removal. "I've never thought we needed to get rid of Marriott. I've always thought they needed to get their act together," Clark states. "I think we need to accept the fact that mass produced food ... on their budget .. will not be to die for," Jacobs adds. "No ... New College has a history of bad food," Shannon declares. Whether this rededication to quality and satisfaction endures remains to be seen. Older students are painfully famil iar with lofty promises of food service that never came to fruition. Perhaps the new efforts will make a difference. After all, the Yankees managed to get back to the World Series. PUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CATALYST. October 29, 1996 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International Assistant Secretary of State Robert Pelletreau stated Saturday that the Clinton Administration is ready to hold bilateral talks with Iran. The U.S. broke off ties with Iran in 1980 after the U.S embassy in Tehran was seized. Iran's al leged support of terrorism will be a main focus of the discussion According the Sunday s Washington Post within a year of the Soviet Union's collapse, top Russian scientists agreed to write and sell to Washington a study of Soviet nuclear weapons testing. The 2000-page history of 715 Soviet nuclear tests gave the U S. insight into Soviet military practices. National The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter on Saturday which stated that it no longer considers security guard Richard Jewell a suspect in the July 27 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell, who noticed the knapsack con taining the bomb, became the focus of an exhaustive federal investigation. The New York Yankees won their first World Series since 1978, when, on Saturday, they defeated the defending champion Atlanta Braves. The Yankees won four straight games after losing their first two at home. State Calm has been restored, but police presence still remains strong in south St. Petersburg after a six-hour riot that fol lowed a fatal shooting by a white police officer of a black 18-year-old motorist. The youth had been stopped for speed ing and the officer who shot him said the teen was attempting to run him over. The youth died that evening enroute to the hospital. Rioting ensued; aside from the 28 arson fires, hundreds of residents in the neighborhood who called the shooting an act of racism and police brutality took to the streets hurling rocks and bottles at officers and shouting ob scenities. Seven police officers, a firefighter and three journalists were re ported injured.
4 The Catalyst A WEEI< IN PREVIEW Thesday, October 29 Outward Bound at the Everglades ISP meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the ISP info session f rom 4 :00 to 6 : 00 p.m. in the College Hall Music Room Thursday, October 31 Tobaccout's Halloween Dance Party in the Fishbowl. Funk, disco and reggae be featured ,November 1 Opening night of the seventh annual neWorld Film Festival. All movies will be shown at Burns Court Cinema. festival will end November 10. ay, November 2 loween PCP!! Organized by Paskowski and Chrissie efore the PCP, don't miss the ive performance of the Lamas of Je Monastery. This multi, .............. event featuring dance, .. chants, slides and authentic mes will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Sudakoff. Entertainment October 29, 1996 FIRST QUEER FORMAL IS A SUCCESS by Sara Foley What was the best part about the Queer Formal? "My date," said Peggy Yonuschot, who was accompanied by Mala Ghoshal. The dance, hosted by the GLBTSA, was a huge success College Hall rocked as dancers moved to 80s music and techno. People spilled onto the balconies and many could be seen eating cake or gabbing on the Bayfront. It was a good mix of New College and outside people" said Joanna Dubinsky Despite the lack of alcohol people were generally having a blast and the dancing lasted well into the wee morning hours. "My feet hurt and its so nice," said Yonuschot. "It's one of the best formals I've been to Many students said it was the most fun they ve had all year There were no major problems or arrests, although there were some mumblings about police ha rassing off-campus students. The queer formal was everything the prom should have been.When my date I walked into College Hall, people were doing the limbo. It brought back bad high school memories. Jon Cooper was overheard compar ing the formal to the prom for drama club people. The queer community at New College USED appreciated the opportu nity for a big night out. "At around 2:00 Queen, and kept running around waving his magic wand and handcuffing unsus pecting sillies. In all 12 kings and queens were crowned, chosen for their style on the floor. It certainly was a fashionable evening For once, New College students showed taste in their dress: ties jackets, and long white gloves were among the finery dis played. "It was nice to see the hippies in real clothes," said George Thorpe. Many people wore drag "I liked the guys, the way they dressed in girl's cloth ing," said Tatiana Sainz. Donations from students and SAC al locations covered the cost of the formal, which was organized by Fiona Lewis Christa Craven, and other GLBSTA mem bers "We wanted to make queer visibility a theme this year," said Lewis The GLBTSA hopes to make the Formal an annual event. They also plan to hold another formal in the spring, near prom time, and invite the queer commu nity from Sarasota high schools. a.m in College Hall ... we all stood out on the balcony cheering for Students Off homosexuals we all got dressed up and went Buy out to dinner ... we 1----SelJ: smoked cigars by the bay," said Britt Dunn At any rate, people Trade Downtown Sarasota were happy to cut loose Friday night. Michael Shannon, the Fairy 1488 Main St. Downtown Sarasota FL USA Mon-Thurs 10-6 Fri-Sat 10-9 Sun 12-5 (813) 366-1373
The Catalyst FREE MOVIE TICKETS!!! WHAT A CHEAP DATE! THIS WEEK, YOUR CONTEST ENTRY WILL BE YOUR COSTUME. COME TO THE HALLOWEEN PCP ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2. BE DECKED OUT ON YOUR BEST THREADS, AS THE CATALYST SELECT THE FINEST FINERY OUT OF THE CROWD. THE WINNER, AS USUAL, WILL RECIEVE TWO TICKETS TO SEE THE MOVIE OF THEIR CHOICE AT BURNS COURT CINEMA. SAC MINUTES 10/24/96 All members present. All decisions unanimous. l. Request for Dancing at Lughnasa, from the theater fund. $355.00 total requested and allocated 2. East Timorese protest newsletter and demonstration: Requested : $35 for newsletter $20 for demonstration (advert i sing, etc.) Allocated: $20 (NCSA Copy Center will provide paper for new sletter) 3. Gender Studies Collective $55.90 for a filing cabinet and folders requested and allocated 4. PCP Fund $598.20 for decoratiOns and an "awesome, creative party" requested and allocated $489.00 for 100 PCP T-Shirts requested and allocated $60 requested to paint VW Bus during PCP, $30 allocated (owner pays half) 5. Food for SLC for a debate between professors and students $40.83 requested, $39.04 (and a pack of paper plates) allocated 6. Food for Coffee House Social $100.00 requested $80 allocated 7. Leaf blower hover craft sculpture $30.00 requested and denied 8. Macintosh books for Publications Lab $80 requested and allocated 9. Fixing Jst Court Water Main (See "Fou ntain in 1 s t Court", last issue) $47.50 requested and allocated I 0. Food for Sugar Tax debate $75 requested, $50 a llocated (go to Publix ) 11. Cop for a debate $44 requested, $44 allocated. Ask for donations from community, revenue goe to SAC 12. John Landry $25 requested for food. $15 allocated. (go to Publix ) 13. Film and developing for short movies and film festival $300 requested, $150 allocated BURNS COURT CiNEMA BURNS lANE DOWNTOWN SARASOTA STARTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 1996 CiNE-WORld FiLM FESTiVAL FiLMs 10 DAys 1 -10 ANIMATION La Plante Humaine JApANESE ANIME Ghost in the Sheil The Wings of Honneamise SciENCE FICTION Akumulator I fROM ARouNd die ANd MANy, MANy MORE AlqERiA ARqENTiNA AusTRAliA BElCjiUM CROATiA CubA FRANCE GEORCjiA HUNCjARY KOREA NEW ZEAlANd SpAiN VENEZUELA USA Pick Up Sdtr:dulr: AT Col:rn Ci:\E\11 \ OR CAll (DAVS) ('\;icfl-ns & STUdENTS Free Popcorn w/ Purchase of any Drink (just show student ID) Ask about Student Memberships
6 The Catalyst by Heather Oliver With three elections going on, there are a lot of things to decide on November 5th. NCSA elections, general elections, and the six proposed amendments saddle voters with a hefty re ponsibility. General elections are comprised of candidates vying for state, national and local positions. Nonpartisan and alterna tive-party candidates are gaining popularity in the polls but the staid old Democrat and Republican parties are still in the lead, partly because the alternative candidates still fail to appeal to voters outside their own special interest groups. Florida recognizes several "minor" political parties, including: Libertarian Party of Florida The Green Party of Florida, Inc. The U.S. Taxpayers Party of Florida Florida Socialist Workers Party The Independence Party of Florida Reform Silly Party of Florida Reform Party Candidates from the Reform Party and the Libertarian Party of Florida are listed as such on the ballot, but candidates of other minor parties must be written in by Rachael Morris Although voting is one of the most important duties that an American can fulfill, few people know how to vote when they live outside of the district in which they are registered. Candice Artim. an officer at the Sarasota Office of Voter Registration, said that her office has mailed 16. 700 absen tee ballots for the November 5th election. To receive an absentee ballot, she ex plained, a voter must call or write to the district in which the voter is registered A request for a ballot must be made at least two weeks before an election to ensure its arrival by the actual voting date. Artim said, "It really is pretty sim ple to obtain an absentee ballot. Many people think that the fom1s sent out are more complicated than the actual ballots given at the polling sites on election days when they arc practically the same form." Public misconceptions about the ballots contribute to lowered voter turn out. Of the absentee I 8,000 ballots sent out by the Sarasota Office of Voter Registration for the 1992 elections, 89 percent were returned. Election '96 October 29, 1996 ojlhe Wmlecf c'Siales cal}(ficla!e par!y runnin:; male balfol sial us Harry Browne Libertarian Jo Jorgenson on ballot Bill Clinton Democrat Al Gore on ballot Bob Dole Republican Jack Kemp on ballot John Hagelin Natural Law Mike Tompkins write-in James Harris Socialist Workers Laura Garza write-in Mary Cal Hollis Socialist Eric Chester write-in Ralph Nader Green Winona LaDuke write-in Ross Perot Reform Pat Choate on ballot Gonyress: candJdale par!y ballo! slalus Glenn Baker Natural Law write-in Sanford Gordon Democrat on ballot Dan Miller Republican on ballot incumbent :J(epresenlaHue: 691. 7JISiricl :,candrdale pa.r!y ballo! slalus Shirley Brown Democrat on ballot incumbent Gregg Grunstein Republican on ballot CS!ale c'Supreme Gaur! :luslices ,., ... Vote whether each Harry Lee Anstead current State Supreme Court Justice should Leander J. Shaw Jr. be retained in office. Charles T. Wells
The Catalyst Election '96 Vote whether each Chris W. Altenbernd Jerry R. Parker current District Court of Appeals Justice Paul W. Danahy, Jr. David F. Patterson should be retained in office. Carolyn K. Fulmer Peggy A. Quince Richard A. Lazzara James Whatley Gircuil Gaur! J(unoJ! .... canchdale par!y baffol slalus Fredd Atkins Democrat on ballot Ray Pilon Republican on ballot canchdale par!y baffol slalus David Cullen Democrat on ballot Larry Helmuth Republican on ballot 7Jisl. 1 canchda/e parfy /)affol sial us Michael Smith Democrat on ballot H. D. Gebhard Republican on ballot October 29, 1996 7 :7/mendmenls Article XI, section 7 : Tax Limitation; Two-thirds Vote for Constitutionally im posed State Taxes/Fees Would require ratification of two-thirds of all the voters voting in the election (whether they vote on that issue or not) to pass new tax and fee amendments. This amendment was proposed by supporters of the sugar in dustry to defeat the proposed Fee on Everglades Sugar Production Article XI, Section 2: Constitution Revision Commission; Convening ; Duties with Respect to Taxation and State Budgetary Matters. Would move the Constitution Revision Commission's next session from 1998 to 1997, and permit the Commission to examine matters relat ing to taxation and state budgetary process. Currently tax and budget issues are the domain of Taxation and Budget Reform Commission which meets every ten years Article V Sections 11 and 12: Judiciary. Would allow judicial nomination commis sions to recommend up to six candidates to fill a county circuit, or appellate court vacancy restructure the Judicial Qualifications Commission, and permit additional sanctions for judicial miscon duct. Article VII Section, 9: Fee on Everglades Sugar Production. Would impose a penny-per-pound tax on raw sugar grown in the Everglades Agricultural Area. This fee would be charged for twenty-five years and would be used to protect and clean up the Everglades. Article II Section 7 : Responsibility for Paying Costs of Water Pollution Abatement in the Everglades. Would re quire industries polluting the Everglades and the Everglades Agricultural Area to be financially responsible for cleanup. Article X, Section 17: Everglades Trust Fund. Would establish an Everglades Trust Fund (administered by Southwest Florida Water Management District) to handle funds generated for conservation and protection of the Everglades.
8 The Catalyst Opinions October 29, 1996 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR : "IRISH PUB CULTURE" Regarding Rocky Swift s exposition "Irish Pub Culture in London" that appeared in last week s Catal y st, in which he as serts that the Irish are determinably isolationist, ra c ist ignorant, and belligerent ": it is the single most inaccurate opinion ever to come from a Catalyst affiliate's pen and succeed in making the page To illustrate, I'll clarify a point of social historical fact. Swift writes that, "I've never pretended to be Irish (although 40 million Americans do while only 8 million people inhabit the island of Ireland) ... implying that the frequent American claim to Celtic ethnicity is false because of the mathematics While it may be that the 40 million figure is the result of ex aggeration, a population of Irish American descendents in the tens of millions is not unlikely. See the native population has been decimated over several centuries by what Mr Swift refers to as attempts to civilize the Irish. The Famine, too took about a million Irish by death and another million by immigration Shiploads of the Irish came to America and flourished in the rela tive freedom and prosperity that was restricted or made nonexistent in their homeland by tyrant governments, harsh living conditions and other ambient pressures In publishing Irish Pub Culture, the Catalyst displayed a complete lack in journalistic integrity that is inconsistent with the paper which has twic e run an article on the insensitivity inherent in Marriott s Beef Oriental. Prejudicial languag e in the forum claiming to be representative of the student body is not acceptable just because it is aimed toward a western European culture. Perhaps the week that this response is printed instead of reading about the savage alcoholic Paddies and the failed efforts to hu manize them, the New College community will be treated to a piece about the perverted, sinful faggots, or how Hitler tried to "civilize the Jews. Kelly Samek Hey Rocky, Read your article and sorry to hear that the "Paddies" or "old Irish farts" are such a point of consternation to you. Thank God you don t have an accent and are so eloquent. It s nice to know that neither you nor your fellow Novocollegians have ever slurred their words while sitting around Palm Court drinking all weekend and solving the world's problems with only one or two hits of acid It's nice to know that Americans don't go to sports bars and watch baseball, football, hockey, golf, or basketball. Your choice of words to describe the Irish was interesting : racist, isolationist ignorant, and belligerent. Time and space prevent me from a real discussion of these inflammatory blis tering, and scathing remarks as well as your calling the Irish the white trash of Europe." I noticed that you didn t include yourself in the comparison to the white trash of Georgia or anywhere else. Your snobbishness and elitism are showing! If your article was an attempt at dark humor or done tongue in cheek, it was well hidden by your revelation at the end of your article that you are one of those, who, for a jillion years, has had to feel superior to someone. A pint of Guinness could never put you in touch with "your people A knee-capping might get you a little under standing of two millennia of foreigners trying to "civilize a people. Of course, my interpretation of your definition of civilize" is to knuckle under, to be suppressed, to be sub servient and to acquiesce that another had a better way and was right after all. Thanks, Rocky, for reminding me of my station in life. There with the Jews, blacks, I am truly in damn fine company. Thanks for showing me a classic example of someone suffer ing of diarrhea of the mouth and advanced rectum-itis -Ofc. Hugh Roarty FROM THE ALTERNATIVE COLLEGE NETWORK Chris Kawecki and Dave Schilling students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, are guests on campus this week Dave is a first-year student who is interested in ultimately making alternative methods of education a viable resource to mainstream society. At New College, he is interested in studying how students make the transition to an alternative college. Chris is completing his last semester and he has been active in starting the Alternative Higher Education Network (AHEN), hosting last year's national conference at Hampshire and has participated in a new program of st u dent-taught classes at Hampshire. Chris and Dave will be giving two talks in the Fishbowl this week, on Tuesday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. and Friday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. These talks will cover academics and community at Hampshire, AHEN (including details of the conference in California scheduled in January), Hampshire s newly formed Experimental Program in Education and Community and possibly other topics of interest. Chris and Dave would also like to talk with New College students about New College or Hampshire Address any questions to the Alternative College Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 358-0290.
The Catalyst Editorials October 29, 1996 9 EDITORIAL: CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION 11()1 .. 1 .. ()(; When you reach the polls on Tuesday, November 5 not only will you vote for a President you will also choose your representa tive in the U.S. Congress, District 13. The Catalyst strongly recom mends that you familiarize yourself with the major candidates. Dan Miller is the Republican incumbent. He does not support lifting the ban on gays in the mili tary. He doesn't believe that women should feel safe when walking into abortion clinics In 1993 he voted for NAFfA (The North American Free Trade Agreement), which exploits the working poor. He refuses to sup port the ban of methyl bromide, a hazardous ozone-depleting pesti cide, because he feels that unless 11:59 tWEil. i?SANor'HER ELECTION! YEAR!-__, other countries ban its use, the United States alone will be unable to effect any significant environ mental change. Miller voted against a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases. He has also fought against cutting the de fense budget. Students had an opportunity to hear Miller's views last fall in an open forum. This week we will get a chance to hear from his oppo nent. Sanford Gordon is Miller's Democratic challenger He will be at New College on Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30p.m. in College Hall to present his side. We recommend that you take this chance to make a well in formed decision. 10/24 9:26 a.m. Housing reports the theft of a microwave, television, and VCR f rom the VIking lounge Value $729 10/25 8:10p.m. Off campus noi s e com plaint about Viking two-story. 10/26 2:00 a.m. Two students found on College Hall roof given trespass warn ings, and referred to Student Affairs 10/26 3:55 p m. Off campus noi s e c om plaint about Viking two story 10/27 2:34 a.m. Off campus noise com plaint. Wall shut down Anyone with information about the theft (microwave television, VCR) from Viking please contact the Campu s Poli ce. by E ric S Piotrow s ki FOR THOSE Of YOU WHO PREFER A CANDIDATE WHO WAVERS BACK AND FORTH ON EVERY ISSUE THAT COMES D OWN THE PIKE, PANDERS TO CORPORATE LOI3BYi ISTS, ESPOUSES RIGHT-WING DOGMA WHENEVER THE POLLS CALL FOR IT, AND A PRIM E EXAMPLE O f THE WAY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS SOLD OUT THE MIDDLE-AND-WORKING CLASS MAJORITY THEY SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENT, WE HAVE :;::::::.____:=.;:==::(IN=T=H::E=R=ED::T:.R....;OUSERS) .. Bll CL.NT;.;;O.;.;.NI;...__..,,...-----i VISIT TO INDONESI5 I' M ORE OR LESS IGNORE D A GROUP 1 O f EAST TIMORESE STUDENTS >--I STAGINGMUNGERSTRIKETO 1 PROTEST THEIR NATION'S BRUTAL OCCUPATION A T THE HANDS O F INDONES I A ECONOMICALL Y AND POLITICALLY SUPPORTED SIN C E TH M I D 7 0 5 BY THE U.S (50 WHILE r r THAT WE'RE GOIN G ";Q\ B E SWIFTLY SCREWED OVER ONCE AGAIN B Y OUR 5 0-CALLED REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRAC'I" ./ I N TERMS OF ANA TIONAL FIGUREHEAD, DON'T I ..--,BE ONE O F THOSE NON-YOTI G PINHEADS THAf ALLOWS S ICK LOCAL BALLOT INITIA TIYES LIKE COLORADO'S ANTI-GAY AMENDMENT 2 AND CALIFORNIA' S ANT I-IMMIGRANT PROPOSIT10N 187 T O fj)S,..;:;S-.! ___ __.. Ice Cube"
10 The Catalyst Announcements October 29, 1996 New College professor Jennifer Herdt and Reverend Jake Jacobs will conduct a dia logue entitled "Being a Professor of Religion and Minister: Two Perspectives on Religion and Spirituality" on Thursday, October 31 at 6:00p.m. in the cafeteria Two days remain of the Symposium on Economic Justice! Panel discussions will be held to discuss ways economic injustice is fought, and a very wide range of perspec tives and views will be represented. Refreshments wilJ be served both nights. Tuesday, October 29: Grassroots Responses to Economic Injustice-people who have fixed problems in their own com munities and their approaches Discussion begins at 6 : 00 p.m. in Cook Hall. Wednesday, October 30: Govermnental Responses Florida and national welfare re forms, the ideal relationship between the govermnent and those in need. Discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. in College Hall. On November 4 at 6 : 00 p.m in the Sudakoff Center, State Representative Burt Saunders will moderate a debate between Save Our Everglades and Citizens to Save Jobs and Stop Unfair Taxes All are invited Any questions? Call Neil at 358 1651. Would you like to cure voter lethargy in the U.S ? If so, please volunteer to help out with Kids Vote '96, a nationally administered mock election for grades K-12. I need vol unteers to sit at the Kids Vote table and hand out ballots to the kids when they come in. Kids Vote will take place at the Airport Auditorium (the building directly across from the Sudakoff parking lot before you get to the terminal) on November 5, Election Day, from 7:00a.m. to 9:30a.m. and from I :30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the results will be published in the local papers. If inter ested, please contact Brian Sutliff at email@example.com, Box 516 or call 952-0748. Activists! Let's multiply our inertia! Team up with other like-minded students who are Working On Real Designs. The WORD Coalition is a network of social and political activists striving to make a change for the better. We meet on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on the Ham Center couches. Contact Eric P. (Box 584) for more information. CAREER CENTER Career Networking & Service Learning Fair: November 6 from 3:00p. m. to 6:00p.m. Talk to over 50 local organizations about careers, fulland part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Intern in Washington, D.C.: Scholarships are available for Florida students up to $4,000 making this op portunity possible. The Washington Center provides internships and academic seminars for students in all majors throughout the Washington, D.C. area In addi tion to the internship and academic seminar, a Presidential Lecture Series and Congressional Breakfast Series gives exposure to the resources of Washington. Deadline for applying is early November 1997-99 Levy Institute Forecasting Fellowship: The purpose of the award is to give a dedicated, gifted student heading for a career in economics an intense, varied exposure to the realities and problems of ap plying economic analysis to current and developing economic trends. The fellow will spend two years gaining valuable practical experience at the Levy Institute Forecasting Center and receive a stipend of $34 ,000. The Cloisters Summer Internship Program for College Students, 1997: The Cloisters, the branch museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art of medieval Europe, offers eight paid internship positions for un dergraduate college students. During the nine-week program participants are responsible for conducting gallery workshops with groups of New York City day campers and for developing public gallery talk which they will deliver in the la s t week. Program runs from June 16 to August 5, 1997. Applications must be re ceived by February 7, 1997. Interlocken Center for Experiential LearningSummer Jobs/Internships: The International Summer Camp is a caring, creative community. Must have teaching experience, counselors are need in Sports, Music Visual Arts, Environmental Studies, Wilderness Adventure, and Leadership Training. Minimum age of 19. $1200-2000/summer plus room and board and nine-week commitment from mid-June. 1997 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program: Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries. Assist with projects related to international activities carried out by the local gov ernments. Assist with English language instruction of government employees and local residents Application deadline : December 5, 1996. Museum Education Internships: The Art Institute of Chicago is accepting applications for twelve 10-week Summer Internships in the department of Museum Education. Internships extend from June 2-August 8, 1997, and are available for pay, college credit, or on a vol unteer basis. Applicants, at minimum, must have completed their junior year of college, major in Art History preferred, fluency in a foreign language (Spanish), writing skills, or teaching experience helpful. Macintosh skills and prior work with children and young adults is preferred.