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The Volume VI, Issue 5 September 24, 1996 for all your climbing and descending needs "GREEN" AUTOMOBILE by Rachael Morris Thanks to the env i ronmental ingenuity of people around the world, McDonald s may one day feed the cars of America in addition to the ravenous hunger of mil lions of fast-food patrons. Josh and Kaia Tickell, two students in the environmental studies program, are currently working on their senior thesis project in sustainable living Their goal is to build an electric/diesel hybrid engine and install it in their 1971 Karmann Ghia. The car will run on electricity generated by the vegetable oil used to fry up lunch at the local greasy spoon. The oil itself undergoes a process called transesterification" whereby a few chemicals and a catalyst (in this case, lye) are added to the oil to produce the methyl esters, or biodiesel on which the diesel engine runs Batterie s actually power the motor which propels the car and the bat teries are recharged by the diesel engine At first glance, the whole process may seem cumbersome and time-consuming, but, once assembled, the car can travel 400 miles a day before it must be recharged, using only 4 gallons of veg etable oil. This translates into a fuel which costs a fraction of conventional SEE "AUTO" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower . . . . .3 Calendar ..................... .4 Movie Review ... ............. .5 Ri n gling Museum ............... 6 Opinions .......... .......... 7 ALLEN GINSBERG COMES TO CAMPUS Contributed by Matt Grieco The Teaching Auditorium was filled to overflowing on Monday, September 16, proving that there are indeed speakers in whom New College students are inter ested. Allen Ginsberg, who along with Jack Kerouac, William S Burroughs and others, defined the "Beat Generation" of American literature, had come to New College New College and The Ringling School of Art and Design joined forces to bring Ginsberg to Sarasota. In addition to his afternoon appearance at New College, Ginsberg performed Monday evening at the Sarasota Opera House. During both shows, Ginsberg held his audiences rapt. Who else could convince a room full of New College students to sit up straight with their hands on their knees, breathing deeply, for a full minute, calling it medi tation? Ginsberg focused primarily on his more recent work; a new collection of his poetry has just been published. In the af ternoon he also held a question and answer session with students, during which he described his writing methods and discussed issues of censorship with students. Ginsberg's stage presence was dy namic. His performance did not seem at all rehearsed; on the contrary, he seemed to possess unlimited spontaneity, choos ing songs and poems on the spur of the moment, based on his feel for the audi ence's mood Both spoken word poetry and songs comprised Ginsberg's repertoire for the evening show In addition to famous poems such as "Sunflower Sutra," Ginsberg performed several songs, includ ing "The Ballad of the Skeletons" and "The Put-Down Your-Cigarette Rag." The former is a single to be released shortly, on which Ginsberg collaborated SEE "GINSBERG" ON PAGE 2 CAFETERIA SITUATION HARD TO SWALLOW by Mario Rodriguez Things might be go more smoothly in the cafeteria now that the hash has hit the fan. A slew of management changes are in store for Marriott in the coming weeks ac cording to Jennifer Rehm, student representative to the food committee. Still, one year after the Princeton Review surveyed New College diners, stu dents, like Brian Stewart, still complain of "these pains in my stomach" and "this bit ter taste in my mou th." "Usually when I walk into the cafete ria, the smell makes me nauseous," he said. ''I'd rather starve in my dorm." The Review's findings are based predominantly on student opinion. For ex ample the Review's results on New College's food service are based solely on the responses of 189 random Novum Collegians to a survey distributed last year As a result of the unscientific nature of the Princeton Review, Ed Custard, co author of the Review's college guide and former New College Director of Admissions, said the survey's outcome varies little annually. "Institutions of higher education are slow to change ... and as a result, so are the student sentiments," he said. SEE "CAFETERIA" ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst uAUTO" FROM PAGE 1 fuel. But, as Josh points out, 'The gov ernment is hesitant to utilize biodiesel, because its abundance and relatively low cost would disrupt the economy He ex plained that the government heavily subsidizes the fuel Americans currently purchase at the pump, in effect guarantee ing the security of the market for oil companies. Josh and Kaia first saw biodiesel prac tically applied in Germany during a recent trip to Europe. "Josh and I were watch ing these people on frums mixing lard and chemicals to make the actual fuel their cars and machinery run on. We asked about it, and we were shocked that we didn't do the same," Kaia said While it may seem a little impractical for everyone in America to mix their own biodiesel, both Joshand Kaia emphasized the need to find alternative sources of en ergy both for the sake of scarcity and the environment. Biodiesel's main emission is a solid carbon waste which can cycle back into the ecosystem, making it less hazardous than fossil fuel. Josh and Kaia said that people need to start regaining a sense of "home and com munity which will lead to greater environmental awareness. Josh said "If everyone starts produc ing what they need on a smaller scale [for their community] and if people would re alize the consequences of the energy they C li"talyst c,,.,.,.w I)'V;. n.,.c..-1.-.AirrJIIu-.&.. General Editor James Reffell Managing Editor Michelle Wolper Staff Writers Charles Choi Rachael Morris Layout Heather Oliver Nicole Ganzekaufer Business Managers 'Sara Foley Tom Heisler Contributors Matt Grieco, Eric S. Piotrowski, Mario Rodriguez, Anne Tazewell News consume, they would gain a greater ap preciation for where they live and of the future." For more information, contact Josh and Kaia Tickell at Box 551. uGINSBERG" FROM PAGE 1 with musician Paul McCartney and com poser Philip Glass among others. In the latter piece, Ginsberg begged his audi ence not to smoke tobacco, "That government dope," but to "Smoke weed, indeed! Smoke grass, oh yes!" Both songs went over well with the New College audience. Students who had formerly only been exposed to Ginsberg through his poetry finally had a chance to observe the very unique and animated manner in which Ginsberg performs his work. "Watching him, one realizes why he is legendary," said Keara Axelrod, second year student and Beatnik. "If the world were perfect Allen Ginsberg would be the head of creative writing at New College." -Correction-The September 17 issue of The Catalyst contained incorrect information about professors. Firstly, professors do not always begin teaching as assistant pro fessors. Also, after five years, professors undergo a review of their performance, not one of tenure The Catalyst apologizes for the error. September 24, 1996 Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles, let ters and/or editorials, or an opinion that they want to share 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 informa tive 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 opin ion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250500 words. All submissions should be re ceived by 5:00p.m. Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedul-catalystl Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions may also be placed in the Catalyst box marked "Letters to the Editor/Contribu tions" (in the student government boxes next to Barbara Berggren's office) Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Submissions should be'labeled as either letters to the editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Online submissions should indicate in the subject line if they are letters to the editor or contributions. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be received by 5:00p.m Friday in order to appear in the following week's issue. Tile Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for reasons of space, grammar or style. Sponsored by Maria Vesperi and Dean Michalson
The Catalyst "CAFETERIA" FROM PAGE 1 But are Marriott's current managment changes merely the parsley garnish on the larger problem of improving food quality? Not according to Mark Johnson, who cited the fact that New College is "a small account that generates a very limited amount of money and it's tough to make it profitable." New College boasts students with di verse eating habits, including many who are vegetarians and vegans. Johnson not only emphasized the difficulty in finding a contractor for such a small campus, but particularly one which caters to vegetari ans. He also remarked it would be foolish to give Marriott the boot in only their third year at New College. "I think realistically we want to work with [Marriott]. We want to make them a partner. We want students to work with [the administration] as well .Rather than getting publicity that says this is the worst account. [Perhaps] they can show that New College students love their food ser vice! A stretch, maybe ... Is it? Over the clamor of dinner, Eric Piotrowski commented on the Marriot cuisine. "In the grand scheme of things, the food quality at New College is a very minor thing, and I think the fact that ABC News came here to ask us about that is kind of sad in comparison to what they've asked us about in the past, which is noth ing. I mean, there are so many New College students involved in so many other things, like the Native American Week we had last year. [ABC] didn't care about that at all, but now that we make the Princeton Review about having bad food they suddenly care about what we think. So, that's just a prefatory remark. "However, in regards to the quality of the food it's obviously very bad." Piotrowski went on to call for the re turn of tofu-dogs and an open grill for fresh-cooked burgers. News Robert Knight, a transfer student with previous Marriott experience at St. Andrews College, echoed Piotrowski's dissatisfaction. 'The food was even worse at St. Andrews, not to say that it isn't bad here." The bottom line seems to be distaste in the dinner line a symptom Mark Johnson attributed, in part, to the vocal nature of New College students. Although some may characterize New College students as highly critical, Rehm argued unrest is not wholly the result of latent captious tendencies. "It seems like Marriott management is working against us, not with us," said Rehm. She identi fied the corporation's large size as the main problem breeding "real distrust be tween the students and Marriott. A smaller company would be more inclined to meet our needs." Rehm pointed out the student body need only provide 60 to 90 days notice to give Marriott its walking papers. Still, Rehm felt the student-Marriott relationship made some headway at last Thursday's food committee meeting, which may usher in a buffet of changes in the cafeteria. For starters, a new computer system that prints receipts at the student's request and displays the account balance should be up and running Wednesday Marriott management also is considering buying condiments, beans and cereal in bulk to conserve money and waste. And after fall break, the C-store will be open weekends on a preliminary basis. For the vegan crowd, recipes will be posted by the cashier's line, and Tree of Life food will be sold at retail price. No more mark-ups. But to what degree does this resolve student disapproval of Marriott service, or is student satisfaction incompatible with a profitable Marriot expressed concern for his former place of employment. "It's rough to do food at a school that small and keep everybody happy." The food committee wants feedback on these feeding issues. If you have anr, comments, concerns, or complaints you would like Marriott to address, or are interested in ordering food on your card through the Tree of Life, contact Jennifer Renm at Box 251 or Evelyn Chiang at Box 498. September 24, 1996 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International The Central Intelligence Agency's World Wide Web site was the target of one or more hackers Wednesday night, who titled it the Central (Un)Intelligence Agency. The text "STOP LYING BO SKARINDER!!!", which was under the line, "Welcome to the Central Stupidity Agency", had the same sentence re peated in Swedish. Mr. Skarinder is the prosecutor in an ongoing trial in Stockholm where five hackers, in a group calling themselves SHA (Swedish Hackers Association) stand trial for a number of computer crimes. Though the CIA shut it down Thursday morning, a copy of the page can be found at http://www.skeeve.net/cia. National Reform Party candidate Ross Perot plans to go to court to fight his exclu sion from the presidential debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates had ruled last week that Perot be dropped as he had no realistic chance of winning the election. President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law on Saturday and gay legal rights organizations plan to challenge its constitutionality. The law that gives states the right not to rec ognize same-sex marriages. Last Saturday the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) voted to admit women into its all-male program. The 9 8 vote of the VMI board came after three months of fighting the Supreme Courts June 26 ruling which said that the VMI could not exclude women while using state money. VMI alumni spent the sum mer raising funds in an attempt to buy the college from the state of Virginia in order to preserve 157 years of "tra di tion." Since the Courts ruling in June approximately 80 women have requested information about applying to VML The FBI suspect that a battery used in the Atlanta Olympics bomb was bought in a hardware store in West Palm Beach. The battery could have been sold from any of several Sewell stores in the area.
4 The Catalyst A WEEI< IN PREVIEW Thesday, September 24 Matt Thompson will screen Tales from the Hood in Palm Court at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 Check out the Fall Career/Networking Fair at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Thursday, September 26 AI Franken, bestselling author of Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, will peak at the USF Special Events Center in Tampa at 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 27 The SpinThe-Bottle Party, hosted by Sexuality Awareness Committee, will take place in Palm Court at midnight. Saturday, September 28 Attend the Tampa Recreation International Festival in Curtis Hixon Park, Downtown Tampa from 11 :00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. Come enjoy crafts, music, dance, storytelling, games, food, and more from around the world! Steve's at it again! Get another dose of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8:30 p.m. in Palm Court. Sunday, September 29 Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, will host the World Vegetarian Day Festival, beginning at 12 noon. Sample free vegetarian foods and live music. Bring a chair. Enjoy a day of blues at the Sarasota Blues Fest, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairgrounds for $10.25. If you're hosting an event you'd like to see on the Calendar, let us know! Entertainment September 24, 1996 PROJECT BLACK CINEMA: FILM SCHEDULE Although the Project Black Cinema Fifth Intemation Film Festival commenced on September 20, there still are a few days left to catch some thought-provoking and entertaining films and documentaries. All movies will be screened at Bums Court Cinema at special rates for students with a valid student ID. Call 953-6424 for ticket information. Also check out Project Black Cinema's website at: http: I I www.sarasota-online.com/ pbc THE SCHEDULEs Tuesday, 9/24 The Golden Ball Guelwaar In the Name of Christ Once Upon a Time ... Statistically Speaking Tuesday Morning Ride When the Rain Falls Wednesday, 9/25 The Battle OJ the Sacred Tree Four Women Freestyle Home Away From Home Jemima and Johnny The Journey of the Lion Le Franc Mama Lou Picking Tribes Statistically Speaking Tuesday Morning Ride When the Rain Falls Thursday, 9/26 Ali: Fear That Eats the Soul Almacita Soul of Desolato Gombele Head in the Clouds Interferences Rude Stealing Home 9:00p.m. 7:15p.m. 6:15p.m. 8:15p.m. 5:30p.m. 5:30p.m. 5:30p.m. 7:30p.m. 5:45p.m. 5:45p.m. 5:45p.m. 5:45p.m. 9:00p.m. 6:30p.m. 5:45p.m. 5:45p.m. 6:30p.m. 5:30p.m. 5:30p.m. 5:15p.m. 5:30p.m. 7:00p.m. 7:00p.m. 7:00p.m. 9:00p.m. 7:15p.m. Surprise screening of a new film at 8:45p.m. Wall Previews Theatre A Theatre A Theatre B Theatre B Theatre A Theatre A Theatre A Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre A Theatre B Tl1eatre B Theatre A Theatre A Theatre A Theatre B Theatre A Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre B Theatre A ?????????????? y y y y y y y y y y y y y y
The Catalyst Entertainment FREE MOVIE TICKETS!!! WHAT A CHEAP DATE! New uses for Marriott food: Spackle? Cold fusion? Penicillin? Tell us your ideas and we'll give you two free tickets to Burns Court Cinema. Pop those puppies in Box 75 and win! Have Fun! See A Movie! Obey! MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINS POTTING by Charles Choi Trainspotting is the Scottish hobby of sitting out in a field and counting trains; as such, the term is used to denote point less activities in general. And though the movie may be about escaping the absur dity of life it is a remarkably good reason not to do so. Welcome to the film that American politicians just don't understand. While Trainspotting is ce1tainly about sex, drugs and rock and roll, there is no glorification of heroin without a nice healthy portrayal of how dark and grim it can be as well. And the black humor of the film cries and snarls as much as it laughs about the senseless nature of life. The first half of the film presents a world that's out of equilibrium, with no middle ground between pleasure and pain at all either in the drug culture or in con ventional society. Every event is mixed with an ironic desperation in the begin ning, and no moment of comedy goes unpunished without one of tragedy Trainspotting is just filled with clever parallels drawn between substance abuse and conventional society. A good exam ple would be the substitution that the main character makes between heroin and sex. After his encounter with the young woman in question, he finds out that he's now hooked up with her against his will, and that he can't let her go; an addiction to love. The senselessness of it is carried to the breaking point when the tone and roles almost reverse in the second half of the movie. This is done with a marvelous finesse, which is one of the many places that the direction and production of the movie shine through; spoiled if gone too far, unripe if not far enough. But while Trainspotting packs in meaning at every turn it is a far cry from being dry about it. It's just startling to ee how all the elements of the film come together to make a movie that lives up to the hype. The acting performances make the powerful script just come alive, and in particular are very expressive physically. The voiceover complements the film as well as the soundtrack, instead of coming off as the contrived and overused narra tive device that it can be. What gives this movie its soul is that it's as much about conventional society and individual redemption as it is about the drug culture and the criminal edge. While one may or may not find the char acters sympathetic, their mortality is awesomely and terribly made clear. Need a ride "ome for faH break? Need someone fo s"are your gas expenses? Advertise in The Ca farysf. September 24, 1996 5 Gwyneth Paltrow stars in Jane Austen's Classic Comedy of Manners Trainspotting "A VISIONARY KNOCKOUT!" Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE walking and talktng "DEUGHTFUL! WILDLY FUNNY!" Jim Svejda, CBS -TY STARTS SEpTEMbER SEPTEMBER lO -16 PROJECT BLACK CINEMA INTERNATIONAL Fl LM FESTIVAL iNq SooN MIJ/TIN SCORSESE PRESENTS PURPLE NOON "****' A Thriller OfThe Highest Order!" Desmond Ryan. PH/u.DELPHIA INQUIRER STudENTS Free Popcorn w/Purchase of any Drink (just show student ID) Ask about Student Memberships
6 The Catalyst Features September 24, 1996 EVER HEARD OF THE RINGLING MUSEUM? by Heather Oliver The open front gates reveal statued columns and bronze sculptures. Apollo reigns over the manicured lawn; a nude Lygia and the raging bull she is tied to are frozen in mid-thrash ; a pair of stately mini-centaurs guard the glass-fronted por tico. Most of us walk, drive, or bike past the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on a daily basis The exterior is squat and Sarasota Pink, its crown bristling with lightning rods protruding from the backs of the courtyard's statues. We've all seen the outside. But have you ever gone in? The interior is much more subdued. The building is dark, cool, and laid out with orderly precision around its horseshoe shape: seventeenth century Flemish through eighteenth century European and American, with some rotating Modern collections tacked on the end. The Museum's treasures include one of the nation's best collections of seven teenth century Italian paintings, mostly of portraits and passionate Biblical works, including several Judiths and Salomes holding the severed heads of Holofernes and John the Baptist. Among other rare and famous works, the Ringling Museum boasts five of the seven existing tapestry panels by Peter Paul Rubens, (the other two are on display in Paris). Late Medieval and Renaissance works by Italian and Northern European Renaissance artists cover the museum's wall as well as Dutch, French, Spanish, and Flemish Baroque paintings. Two of my favorites are Roman Courtship by Sir William E. Reynolds-Stephens, and the Italian Blue Madonna. Even the decora tive watches in the Astor room are worth looking at! The Museum opens the West Galleries to a range of genres, from soup tureens to Florida Art to the current occupant: Embedded Metaphor. This new exhibit explores the bed as a vehicle for political, emotional, cultural, and religious issues, using film, photos, beds, stuffed ponies, metal spikes, and a lot of other stuff. The West Galleries also contain Inner Space, a forum for community members to re spond to metaphysical questions through ymbolic artwork In the statue-ringed courtyard, the Sculpture Garden's reproductions of Classical and Neoclassical/Mannerist pieces range from pastoral anorexic gazelles to the chariot of Ceres to the Rapes of Polyxena, Proserpina, and the Sabines. Look up and you'll see the miniature lightning guardians poised around the building's rim There are sto ries to go along with many of these works, as the Museum staff will gladly tell you. In fact, the Museum staff, as Dorthea in the gift shop told me, must know the answers to ju t about every question that tourists can ask, and with so many pieces, that's difficult but gratifying work. And the Lygia and the Bull? This piece, portraying the Coliseum spectacle of the torture of the Christian princess, was purchased by John Ringling but dur ing the 1920s the city of Philadelphia removed it from public display after a dis ag r eement about propriety. Planned by the Ringlings to be part of their gilded legacy, the Museum is known worldwide for its rich a nd fascinating col lections It was completed in 1929, and the galleries were opened to the public on Posters T-shirts New Releases CD & Cassette Singles // ,. \ \ ... '" ,/' .. /' / / March 30, 1930. John Ringling be queathed his entire estate (including the Museum, Ca' d'Zan, and the original Asolo theater) and his expansive art col lection to the people of Florida upon his death in 1436. The Museum has since been declared the State Art Museum of Florida. Admission is free to Florida students and teachers every day, and is free to the general public on Saturdays. Sunday through Friday admi sion is $8.50 for adults and $7.50 for seniors. Kids 12 and under are free if accompanied by adu l ts. Hour are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30p.m. Call 351-1660 for recorded information. tCt 1 .. 1 t .. ctc; 9/17/96 8:26p.m. Bike reported stolen from 2nd court. Value $70 9/22/96 2:40 p.m. Bike reported stolen from Hamilton Circle. Bicycle was locked, the open chain was left at the scene. Value $140. L 0 C I< YOUR BII
The Catalyst Opinions September 24, 1996 7 CONSERVATION NEWS Contributed by Anne Tazewell We need your help! Please do not contaminate the paper-re cycling bins with paper food containers (i.e. cereal and pizza boxes) No food should ever go into these recycling bins. It was brought to my attention that there were coffee grounds in the paper-recycling bins in the Game Room When this happens the paper just gets thrown away. Paper containers are in the process of being relabeled in the dorm areas to accept office grade paper only. This includes all computer, notebook and colored paper, as well as envelopes. Staples are not a problem. If you want to recycle magazines, catalogs and newspapers bring them to the labeled receptacles in the Game Room. Mixed paper and newspaper will not be picked up in the dorm areas The reasons for separating paper grades are simple: we get paid (albeit only $ 0025 cents per pound) for office paper and we have to pay $ 025 per pound to recycle mixed paper. Red Zinger honey-sweetened herbal iced tea will soon be on sale at the C-store with which you can fill your New College thermal mugs Using these mugs really cuts down on solid waste. Students that have not picked up their free mug should do so. They are available at the Student Affairs office. They are also on sale for $3 00 for any students who may have lost theirs already or staff and faculty members who would like one. As long as we are on the subject of waste reduction and food, I wanted to let you know that we are in the process of putting together a composting program for Marriott food wastes. We can turn our old french toast and carrot peelings into rich beautiful soil! Composting is truly one of nature's magical processes. If you would like to help out on this project, call 359-5753 When the time comes, we'll need a few handy-type people to actuaJJy construct the recycling bins. Now that we're on the subject of needs, I need a few people to help me with lighting surveys (preferably one from each of the three dorm areas). As most of you may know already we have become partners with the EPA in their Green Lights pro gram. As partners we are committed to retrofitting our lighting to be more energy efficient. Lighting accounts for 20-25 percent of all electricity sold in the United States EPA estimates that if efficient lighting were used everywhere profitable throughout the country the nation's demand would be cut by more than 10 per cent. This would result in a pollution reduction of 202 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (the equivalent of talcing 15 million cars off the road.) over 1.3 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide (a contributor of acid rain.) 600,000 metric tons of nitrogen oxides (contributors to smog.) I have written up questionnaires to access lighting usage and needs. If you could help to survey neighbors in your dorm area please contact me at 359-5753 Anne Tazewell is the Resource Conservationist for NC/USF GUEST OPINION: IN DEFENSE OF THE SIMPSONS Contributed by Eric Piotrowski Shock. Disgust. Nausea These were the feelings that raced through my mind as I read the September 17 issue of The Catalyst. This publication, which many people feel represents the best aspects of journalism at our school, has failed in its mission I can no longer sit by with idle passivity and allow this sort of garbage to be funded with my A&S fees. I refer to the article headlined "The Club Scene at New College," which was 'written' (and I use that term loosely) by one Mario Rodriguez. This piece of tripe was obviously slapped together at the last minute with the utmost disrespect for journal istic standards, integrity and yes, decency. Mr. Rodriguez makes the following statement at the bottom of the first column: "(Animc Club president Chloe] Boresse said that Japanese animation parodies human behavior, unlike the more topical humor of American mainstream cartoons, like The Simpsons." Where, 0 where to begin? First of all, any serious student of the media phenomenon known as The Simpsons knows that although much of its humor is "topical" (as Rodriguez so tritely puts it), the majority of the programming content is a very sophisticated critique, often using the technique of parody, of human behavior. That Ms. Boresse made such a crass oversimplification of The Simpsons' content and mission is a crime against humanity, for which she should be punished by nothing less than a Maoist-style popular justice execution. But my real problem lies with Mr. Rodriguez, who allowed this blatant falsehood to make its way into his article. Has he no respect for the constructs of journalism? Did he forget to check the facts of the people he quotes? Has he never bothered to watch the show himself? His failure to remove this atrocity of observation makes him every bit as guilty as that guy who wrote that article about that stuff they said Clinton did. And let us not forget to swing the gunsight of journalistic credibility to the General Editor of this fish-wrapper, James Reffell. His inability (or perhaps more damningly, his unwill ingness) to oversee the fact-checking of his reporters makes him largely culpable in what will doubtlessly become known as the greatest journalistic blunder in the history of New College. Lest anyone believe that what Ms. Boresse said is true, allow me to remind your readers about the episode where Springfield tries to pass Proposition 24, which is just like California proposi tion 187, and Apu is gonna lose his store and get deported, and he gets a fake birth certificate and passport, and the guy who gives it to him says, "Now if you wanna avoid suspicion, we suggest you act American," and so he gets a Mets t-shirt and talks with this real bad southern accent and Homer realizes it's gonna make them kick Apu out and he feels bad and says, "you know, Apu, I'm really gonna miss you" and then puts up a "vote YES on 24" poster That o n e rocks. I think I've made my point.
8 The Catalyst Announcements Dr. Frederick Strobel, Selby Professor of Economics, will discuss "European Economic Integration: Progress, Problems and Surprises" on Thursday, September 26 in the Rita Kip Music Room in College Hall. This open meeting of the Sarasota Bradenton branch of the United Nations Association will open with punch and conversation at 3:00p.m. Dr. Strobel's address will start at 3:30p.m. All interested persons are invited. Introduction to Acting will be taught during the second module of this semester by Brant Pope, Director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Students interested in enrolling should end a note to John McDiarmid, Humanities Division, by October 4. In your note mention what contract you are in, your reasons for wanting to take the course, and any theater experience you have had. Your note must reach Professor McDiarmid by the deadline; enrollment deci ions will be made immediately thereafter, and students enrolled will be notified of the place and time of the first meeting (almost certainly in the Conservatory building, one evening a week). Please contact Professor McDiarmid if you have questions. September is Sexuality Awareness Month! Week 4 of S.A.M. takes a look at Sexual Orientation. All events are free and open to the public! Free refreshments will be served at all events. Please attend! Our final S.A.M. event is the Spin-The-Bottle Party in Palm Court on Friday at midnight! Note to everyone: Hugging is okay, too! For more information about S.A.M., contact Amy Andre, Caitlin Barry, Hillary Hall, Erin Hannon, or Sari Cohen. Week 4 Sexuality Awareness Montb: Sexual Orientation Mon 9/23 Wed 9125 Tim 9126 Fri 9127 Lunch 7:00p.m. 7:00p.m. midnight Cafeteria Fishbowl Fi hbowl Palm Court Condoms and information distribution Open discussion: labelling Speaker: Jeanne Bourgeois from ALSO Spin-The-Bottle Party There will be a Faculty/Student Dinner on Tuesday, October l at 4:30 p.m. Nobody told us where it i though. Anybody interested in Habitat for Humanity and working over fall break hould at tend a meeting this Wednesday in the Fishbowl at 4:00p.m. GOULASH!!! is currently accepting ubm.issions for the Fall 1996 issue. If you are interested in ubmitting poetry, short fiction and/or art, contact Robert Knight at Box 329 or call 355-4869. Student Grant application are available in the alumnaeli office. The deadline for ubm.is ion is October II at 3:00p.m. ___________ ... The Food Committee wants feedback on the feeding issue. If you have any com ments, concerns, or complaints you would like Marriott to ad dress, or are interested in ordering food on your card through Tree of Life, contact Jennifer Rehm at Box 251. September 24, 1996 CAREER CENTER Career Decision Making Workshop Thurs. Sept. 26 5:15 p.m. PME-223 The CRC is now Subscribing to "Community Jobs" Community Jobs is a national em ployment newspaper of the non-profit sector which lists job openings nation wide, voluntary service, and career development. National Science Foundation (NSF) 1997 Graduate Research Fellowships: Those eligible to apply in fall 1996 are college seniors. Fellowships are awarded for study and research leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biologi cal, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degree in science education. $14,400 stipend, for twelve-month tenures, and tuition waiver at U.S. institutions. A $1,000 International Research Travel Allowance is also available. Application Deadline: November 7, 1996. Intern/Volunteer Possibility: The Fulbright Commission of Argentina is a bi-national, non-profit or ganization providing resources to Argentine nationals aspiring to attend academic institutions in the U.S. The Commission welcomes volunteers and academic institutions in the U.S. The Commission welcomes volunteers and interns as an Assistant Student Advisor. Experience of U.S. and Argentine Higher Education is preferred. Interns/volunteers would be present for a full semester and work a minimum of five days per week, part-time. Since this is a non-paid internships the Education Advisor usually helps the candidates to find another part-time job with pay, unless the student is on a scholarship which would pay for his/her stay in Buenos Aires.