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The Volume VI, Issue 19 March 11, 1997 THE TAXMAN COMETH by Jessica Reid April 17 is just around the corner Have you filed your tax return yet? Tax returns for students do not have to be a chore. The 1040EZ form is the simplest form for college students to use; students can pick up this form at the post office and most public libraries. A book let accompanies the form explaining how to complete it. The biggest problem most students have when filing a tax return is determining taxable s cholarship amounts Scholarship funds u ed for tuition and books are non-taxable All other scholar ship money (e g for room and board) is taxable and must be claimed as wages This would be denoted as a marginal entry. This simply mean that students should write "Sch" in the margin next to the line where reported wages are en tered. Students should claim any part-time job earnings or work-study program earn ings along with their scholarship amounts. Will you have to pay money to the IRS? Probably not. Most s tudents do not earn enough from scholarships to have to dip into their own pockets If your parents claim you as a depen dent, you cannot claim a per onal exemption on your tax return since your SEE "TAXMAN" ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Ivory Tower .... .............. 3 Calendar ................... .4 Spalding Gray .... ........... .4 Contribution: The Commander ..... 5 The Science of the Lambs ........ 6 Editorial: Tiny Bubbles .... .... 7 Serving The Man since 1994 SCANDURA ADDRESSES STUDENTS' CONCERNS by Rachael Herrup-Morse It has been clear for some time that there are serious problems at New College in the area known as 'student af fairs .' These are evident in the college's high attrition rate, in the ever-present and very bitter conflicts between students and administrators, and in the general tone of dissatisfaction expressed by students in the non-academic aspects of New College life (especially this year) The above quote, taken from a pro posal to the New College Foundation, Student Affairs Committees, called for the creation of a College Life Advisor" posi tion. Ironically, this proposal, written by then NCSA president Steven Waldman, was submitted to the New College Foundation for consideration in April of 1992. The tension felt between students and the administration articulated in Waldman's letter has not been resolved. Many complaints addressing that tension have centered around the role of the Student Affairs Coordinator and its rela tionship to members of the New College community. The coordinator position, in its present form, is the end product of a series of proposals which began with Waldman's call for the creation of a "College Life Advisor" five years ago. The person who has finally come to occupy the coordinator office in Hamilton Center is Alena Scandura. With her ar rival at New College, the position seems to have been pem1anently filled. How ever, exactly who the Student Affairs Coordinator is, and what she does is still a point of debate within the student body. The misunderstandings and miscommuni cations surrounding Scandura's position seem to linger in spite of town meetings addressing the subject and Scandura's wiYlingness to answer questions Since Scandura's arrival at New College, neither Scandura nor the students have been sure of the role she is to play. SEE "SCANDURA" ON PAGE 3 BONK FEST: NOT EAR CANDY by Aaron Gustafson This past week, the festival of new music known as BONK invaded South Florida The festival proved to be a great experience for almost all who attended, but even some with a trained ear were probably wonder ing, "Is this really music?" BONK is a six-day festi val which was initiated six years ago in Tampa. It cele brates music and the ability to do with it what one can. Noises are toggled and sounds are created out of nothing. Old records are sampled, looped, and even minced in the pursuit of art. To those who are into the avant garde and the experimental, this is a wonderful opportu nity to get together and discuss new ideas, techniques and software as well as play ncr compositions and listen to what oth ers are doing. SEE "BONK" ON PACE 2


2 The Catalyst "TAXMAN" FROM PAGE I parents already receive a deduction for you Also, if your parents claim you as a News you re supposed to claim as non-taxable income instead of just making something up It's better to learn good habits for fill ing out tax returns now, while it's easy. March 11, 1997 dependent and your only income is from scholar ships, you may not have to file a tax return at all. If your scholarship amount for the year is less than $4,000 and you are claimed as a depen dent then it is not H&RBlockof Sarasota will print tax forms free for students and will gladly Amy Eisenhart from the Financial Aid Office stresses the importance of keeping copies of tax returns and W2 fonns. These fonns are convenient for more than just tax purposes. Students who have filed a FAFSA may have to go through a verification process and these fonns are required. This year's BONK fest proved to be quite entertaining offering some brilliant works by Paul Reller, Eric Lyon, Drew Krause, and New College Adjunct Instructor Robert Constable. Students who have taken Constable's Electronic Music class seem to be the most intrigued by this festival because the class teaches them how to listen for the atonality and serialism that sometimes exists in avant compositions answer any ques tions. Call92I3394 for details. One of the most phenomenal pieces was Reller's "Gypsy" (1997), as perfanned by violinist Conrad Harris and an array of computer-generated drums and other sounds. It was interesting to see Roller's incorporation of traditional Western scales with occasional ornamen tation into the piece Another intriguing part was the tempo shift as the complex drum beats were layered on top of one another. The drums would then become almost chaotic, drowning out the violin, until all but one simple 4/4 beat dropped out. The effect was heavenly. necessary for you to file a tax return since $4,000 is the minimum amount of untaxable income. Students filing as independents do not have to file a tax return if their only in come is from scholarships and this amount is less than $6,550 However, tu dents with part-time jobs should file a tax return since they will get money back from earned income credit. Unlikely as it may seem, if you have managed to keep a high balance in an in terest earning account, the maximum standard deduction for interest and divi dends is $650. Your bank will probably send you a statement telling you what you need to know to fill out your tax fonns concerning earned interest. To make filling out tax returns easy, tudents should have kept all receipts of monies used for tuition, books, lab fees and other related expenses. It will be easier to detennine what ,_Ciilalyst ,.,,,,.,.... ..... .. ..... .... ,lf .. h ldlrf\.-.l General Editor Michelle Wolper Managing Editor Heather Oliver taff Writers Charles Choi, Pat Griffin, Aaron Gustafson, Rachael Herrup-Morse, Robert Knight, Rachael Lininger, Jessica Reid, Rocky Swift Layout Cindy Ekle Sara Foley Business Manager Tom lleisler Contributors Hazen Komraus, John Mogilewsky, Ofc. Hug h Roarty Marilyn Klein from the H&R Block Premium Office in Sarasota pro vided some of this information and suggested that students who have any questions concerning their tax fonns can call any H&R Block office for advice. She stated that H&R Block will print fonns free for students and will be happy to assist in any way. "BONK" FROM PAGE I The majority of the compositions have at least some connection to a com puter, whether the entire composition is computer-generated or just parts of it. Some of the pieces are tape works that are created from samples and noises which have been spliced together Still others are performed in the classical en e, with instruments ranging from a Hammond organ to a contrabass. Pieces like this made the trips ro Tampa and St. Petersburg worth making, but other compositions like Gustavo Matamoros' RE: David" (1995) and Eric Lyon's "Inferno," were o noisy and rough on the ear that any pop fan would cringe and attempt to flee. .Showcasing intense violin bowing, experimental techniques and lots of com puter-generated "noise," the BONK festival was not music to everyone's ears The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfed,V-catalyst/ Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 1 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 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. Fridny 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. ponsored by Maria Vcsperi iu1d Dean Michalson


The Catalyst "SCANDURA" FROM PAGE 1 Scandura pointed out that the duties of the Student Activities Coordinator have never been s et in stone. The State of Florida provides New College with a de scription of the duties of Student Affairs Coordinator. But according to Scandura, that description does not match the job that students have in mind for her. The official "statement of function provided by the State University System's Board of Regents reads : The Student Affairs Student Coordinator New College is re sponsible for working to create a source of common cause and shared community among New College students, and be tween New College faculty, students, and administrators The description sounds fine, but as Scandura points out, "It doesn t describe how to coordinate activities between stu dents and faculty When asked what she feels her position should entail, Scandura was emphatic: "My role should be to work with students to make things hap pen." It may not be as simple as it sounds Most students' problems with Scandura concern her salary her budget, or where her money is coming from. When questioned about her salary, Scandura clearly stated, "There is no con troversy about my salary. It is set by the state." And concerning her budget ... she said that she does not have one. The money made available to Scandura each year comes from the New College Foundation (the group to whom Waldman submitted his original proposal). The NCF decides each year whether to fund the coordinator; it is never a sure thing, Scandura said. This tricky arrangement results in the total absence of any opera tional budget for Scandura She is, instead, obligated to go to Student Affairs to get money for things like pens and of fice paper It is the current uncertain nature of the coordinator's funds that has led to the discussion of whether to make money available to Scandura on a more reliable basis The $11 ,000 the NCF granted the Student Support Fund this academic year, ... is not a bad amount of money to have if my role is to support students in News their programming efforts ... but if peo ple want my role to be more expansive, $11,000 is not enough to do major pro gramming." After considering this very problem, the Self-Study Committee has declared that, indeed, there is a need for more pro gramming Scandura reasoned that they feel such a change is necessary because the NCF money is not assured. It is thought that the coordinator should have other adequate (and assured) funds. They would like to guarantee that some money will always be there," Scandura explained. It is these new coordinator funds that seem to have students in a state of mild confusion/anxiety Knowing this Scandura was adamant about the fact that any new money she receives would not be coming from student's A&S fees. Though no one is sure exactly where the new funds will come from, it will not be from student's pockets. Scandura agrees with this decision to separate the money from the student body. "Students don't want to lose the autonomy they have." Scandura proposed the creation of a programming board to involve students in more of the activities she helps coordi nate This board would be composed of concerned students who would have the opportunity to articulate student opinions to the administration in a clear and unified voice. Scandura tried to develop such a programming board last semester. Her attempt was unsuccessful, however, be cause some students were opposed to the idea of so much control being placed in the hands of so few students. Nevertheless, Scandura still believes that the idea of a programming board has merit and is worth pursuing. She pro poses using the possible new monies given to the coordinator for just such a purpose. "I would like to see the programming board as a part of the student government that I could work with," she said. "If I was given the money, that is what I would use it for." Finally, Scandura spoke on how she felt about all the student negativity to wards her office and, indirectly, herself. Much of the tension she has chalked up SEE "SCANDURA" ON PAGE 4 March 11, 1997 3 OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER International Armed revolt erupted in southern Albania after government jets bombed a southern town and anti-government militants commandeered tanks and fired antiaircraft guns in retaliation. Firing started at a river east of Vlora (the city at the center of the conflict). The con flict began after Albanian citizens lost savings in a shady investment scheme and began protesting and committing anti-government violence President Sali Berisha has declared a state of emergency. Fasail al-Husseni, the top PLO offi cial in Jerusalem, condemned an order given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to close four Palestinian offices in East Jerusalem Netanyahu claims the offices were being operated by Palestinian Authority in violation of self rule accords, which allow offices only in the self-rule zones in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip National President Clinton issued a statement batTing the use of federal money on human cloning. Although he acknowl edged that the government is not now funding such research, he directed all federal agencies not to allocate money for cloning human beings. He has also urged private research to halt until the ethics of the situation are more clear. Current law prohibits spending federal money on human embryo experiments but the prohibition expires Sept. 30. Last Saturday, President Clinton or dered federal agencies to hire welfare in order to set an example for the private sector, which he has fre quently urged to do the same Because of relatively few openings for inexperi enced, low-skill workers, he is encouraging use of the "worker trainee" program, in which trainees V:ho do well can be hired for the Civil Service after three years. The new wel fare law requires most adults to work within two years of receiving benefits.


4 The Catalyst A WEEK IN PREVIEW Thesday, March 11 Interested in music? Come to the fritz's organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the New College Alternative Mu ic and Culture organizational meeting at 6:00 p.m. Both on the Ham Center couches. Wednesday, March 12 "How to Market Your Liberal Arts Degree" workshop at 4:00 p.m. in the Fishbowl. town Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Palm Court. Free pizza! Thursday, March 13 Open forum with Dean Mike and Tim Richardson at 6:00 p.m. in Ham Center. Amnesty International meeting at 8:00 p.m. in Ham Center. Friday, March 14 B-Dorm 20 -style Dance Soiree Extravaganza. Everyone is en couraged to dress up and attend. Saturday, March 15 Come to the GOULASH!!! cof feehouse at 8:00p.m. in the Teaching Auditorium. Sunday, March 16 Women' Tea, 3:30 in Pei 313. Monday, March 17 W O.R.D meeting at 9:00 p.m. in Ham Center. WALL PREVIEWS FRroay, MaRch 14 ]esszca Huerrne:R SaTuRoay, MaRch 15 Cb]{LSTopbe:R Robznson Entertainment March 11, 1997 GREASE LIGHTNING! by Pat Griffin Eat anything at Crager's, even the dry toa t, and you can sell your spit to Jiffy Lube. In other words, this place is gut bomb heaven. The prices are a bit high, and you won't survive the heart attack from your second visit, but you'll die happy. A Crager's diner is like a pig who's found some primo mud to roll in. My compatriots and I took the oppor tunity to relish in the death-defying dining the only time that it's respectable: when everything else is closed. Not to say that we were strapped for options, there's just a proper time for these things to be done. One cannot achieve the same level of pride wearing the "try our waffles" plac ard as a hat at two in the afternoon that one achieves by doing it at two in the morning. Catalyst staff writer Charles Choi was the most refined Crager's connoisseur of the group, and received with relish the nickname "T-Bone" for his selection of the evening. He knew the waitress there, which attests to the man's incredibly re silient coronary tissue. Well, it was my first time, so I decided to go for the gusto. Mine was the lauded Master Burger, which everyone thought was incredibly amusing, even though I was sitting right next to a guy named Fish. If you don't know who I'm talking "SCANDURA" FROM PAGE 3 as a result of the thin, shaky line she must walk between students and faculty. She commented that some students have wanted her to assume a leadership posi tion while others have wanted her to answer only to the student body. "I think it comes from the fact that I'm an advo cate for the students but I'm also in an administrative position." Although Scandura said she is not frustrated with either the students or the faculty, she is anxious to have her role here at New College solidified. "I am flexible enough to do whatever needs to be done. It's just difficult to figure out what that is ... I would Like for there to be a decision about how it is I operate." In response to the sometimes less than civil inquiries into her budget, her qualifiabout, you wouldn't know him by his real name, trust me. Many of his friends don't evqn know his given name for sure, and he wouldn't mind my saying so. But the subject at hand is the Master Burger, and so we must return to it, lest we slight this overtly "manly" entree. The Master Burger is advertised as what amounts to a cow with a side of bread and condiments. In actuality, gentle reader, it contains very little beef. It's more like someone poured the grease from the grill into a pot pie tin with a few scraps of dis carded ground chuck. This is the kind of burger that literally drips from the bottom of the bun when you pick it up. It proba bly cost me seven years of life expectancy, and I actually think the left sid:e 9f my chest hurt when we left, but it sure seemed worth it at the time. I probably won't be back to Crager's anytime soon. Come to think of it, I probably won't finish digesting that Master Burger anytime soon. However, I will not discourage anyone who wants to go.' In fact, I think everyone should go, even if the only thing they can eat there is the freeze-dried coffee. It's the experi ence that counts. Not many can say that they've been to a greasy spoon that leaves out the spoon, just to leave room to pack in more grease. cations, her performance and her abilities, Scandura merely said, "I haven't felt as if I'm being personally attacked, they re just trying to figure out what's going on." She later added, "I feel sometimes it's like a rock and a hard place ... I'm still learning and figuring out what my role will be." Scandura's overriding goal in her time here at New College seems to be the re pair of the rift that has been widening between the student body and the school administration. "You can build commu nity around events if you can bring faculty and students together on a regular basis." Down the road, it is hoped that Scandura will have enjoyed more success than those whose sentiments prompted that first letter to the Foundation five years ago.


The Catalyst Contributions March 11, 1997 5 THE COMMANDER Contributed by Ofc. Hugh Roarty Every so often, Ken Vickers, the evening dispatcher, uses the term "Commander" when we pass each other. It brings back a flood of memories. "Commander" was New York City Detective Louie Miller's nickname. It was given to him by "the kids Louie was a dinosaur, a relic of the past, a part of a job that required all cops to be a :rrllnimum height of 5 feet, eight inches, have eyesight that didn't allow for glasses, and be male. He had about 34 years in as a cop. He was a big guy who had a lumber ing way about him He also had a Santa Claus disposition and could easily have been one at Christmas. Everyone had a nick name on the radio for unofficial chatter. I don't know who or how "the kids got Louie 's. The NYCPD doesn't have an official rank of Commander al though some of the chiefs would have titles such as division or borough commander. It is applied only to structure, not rank. There was only one Commander." Louie trained the rookies out of the Police Academy. They would go into different precincts in the division and learn how to handle the same job in different ways. What worked in one situation might not even be considered in another. It all de pended on the neighborhood and its ethnic population. Louie loved to bring "the kids" to Brooklyn's Seven-0, sector Ida/John. Once a heavily Jewish, middle income area, it had evolved into a culturally diverse neighborhood of island people including Haitians, Jamaicans, West Indians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians and the l ast vestiges of old neighbor hood residents. They were people looking for something better than where they came from. This had been Louie's old sector, an area he knew well and had been witness to its change. This was where young teenagers had been killed for the sneakers on their feet or the new jackets on their backs. When you stepped back and watched Louie and "the kids" work as a team, you wouldn t even consider that someone might be better than Louie. It was inspi r ing to watch the unspoken communication that passed between Louie and "the kids." The bottom line of it all was "Trust me kid and I'll get you home safe" or "We are in your hands, Louie, so show us how to do it right." The professor and his charges. It was a strange bond that existed between them. When Louie would inform the dispatcher that he and his team were taking over a sector there was a l ong chorus of "good morni n g" or "good eveni n g Commander" from his previous rookies who were now assig n ed to precincts. "Nice to have you back, Commander" or "Did you have a good vacation?" Louie loved to talk of the old-timers of the job a n d about his "kids." He would point out who wa re l ated to others on the job or tell you different thing about them. If you saw a "Smurfette" and asked Louie how many NYC telephone directories she needed to sit on to see over the steering wheel, he would just smile and say something nice about her. He carried a camera all the time and was always taking their pictures. He always had an envelope in his pocket of developed pictures and would pass them out as he met the people. He was an uncle, father or grand father to so many of them. A lot of us knew Louie didn't belong out there in the street. He had his medical problems. Too many cigarettes, cups of cof fee and crazy working hours had taken their toll. He actually could have been out on a handsome, tax-free pension bringing in more than he did every two weeks. Many of us thought and said Louie would die on the job. One day, there would be just one too many flights of stairs to climb and his heart would give out and he would be gone. I entered the station hpu,se block that day and knew right away that something had happened. There were too many un marked cars. Cars that had no dents and were shiny. Cars that screamed out, "This is a chief's car." They only showed up when there was trouble. The station house was old and di l api dated. It was overflowing with cops and cameramen from all the TV stations. They were giving statements from the stop of the station houses Worst of all were the sad expressions and glistening tears on everyone's faces. As Louie and "the kids" answered the job, Louie was first in because of his responsibility. The pursued opened fire and Louie fell, mortally wounded He was in his late fifties or early sixties and gone before his time. Too many rookies lost their innocence that day Too many old-t i mers were reminded of their mortality. He left behind a son, who was a lawyer in California, and a wife with no partner to share the future. It wasn't supposed to happen like this. I had been thinking a lot late l y of Louie and couldn't understand why. I called the station house and was re minded that the fateful day was March 11, 1987. It had been ten years. I don't think I am the only one who has been bothered l ately. I was told that there would be some type of memorial for him that day. Some day in the future, a young child will ask, "Who is that man in the faded photograph with Grandpa or Grandma whe n they were young?" It would be nice if Louie could be remem bered and spoken about as he is today and not have the answer to the child be, "I don't know." He will be l ooking down this March 11, smiling and pointing to those i n his pictures and praying that none of "the kids" or their fa:rrlllies will have tOI go through what he and his famHy went through. Louie, you were and still are the best. Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor : A reader's response to previous articles, l etters and/or editoria ls, 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. Con t r ibuti o n : A factual article written by someone n ot 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. All submissions should be received by 5 :00p. m Frid ay in order to appear in the following week's issue.


6 The Catalyst Contributions March 11, 1997 THE SCIENCE OF THE LAMBS Contributed by John Mogilewsky Ian Wilmut and Dolly the cloned lamb have reminded us that our millennium is coming to an end. As if making up for the largely ignored horrors of the twenti eth century world leaders have vehemently decried the ethics of the experiment in various degrees of severity President Clinton has banned all federal funding of cloning projects in the United States. Juergen Ruettgers has forbidden all cloning in Germany, and is calling for a worldwide ban. In the dust of the righteous melee poor Ian and Dolly have had their funding pulled right out from under them. Clinton has punished cloning far worse than he has punished China Cloning has surprised us and taken the scientific establish ment unawares. Many scientists were certain that the possibility of cloning large, complex organisms was closed indefinitely The problem lay in cell specialization Every cell in an or ganism has the necessary information to regrow a physically identical organism, but as the organism ages, its cells specialize, and the genetic infom1ation extraneous to individual cell func tion go into a dormant stage These dormant bits must be awakened before a successful clone can be made. Until the Wilmut sheep clone, scientists had basically been trying to awaken the sleepers manually, one by one This is not a horrible prqblem with simple organisms, but with a sheep or human it is positively impractical. Rather than trying to manually activate the DNA Wilmut's team starved the sheep cells until nearly all cell activity shut down When the cells were renourished, all of the DNA activated The cells had essentially forgotten their or ganismic role. Like many other cientific breakthroughs, the Wilmut cloning was successful through simplicity. Rather than mucking about with individual genomes and the byzantine DNA molecules, Wilmut s team let the cell adapt itself to an experimental envi ronment. The nature of his accomplishment illuminates the nature of cloning itself: it is not particularly special. Many species of fe male animals are capabJe ofreproducing without sperm A British doctor announced this week that accidental human cloning might have been taking place for some time during in vitro procedures. Wilmut's comparatively simple procedure has spawned more soul searching than the epidemic of third-world genocide The mystery is why. Human deming could provide couples with a lit tle something they might never have otherwise had Animal cloning could eliminate the cruelty and expense of husbandry or produce a faster maturation of meat and dairy animals. Shortening the period of animal growth would save tremendous amounts of resources that would have ended up coming from an increasingly irate South America. Contrary to noisy dramatics, the biochemistry involved in creating artificial wombs and custom humans is a generation away World leaders quote Aldous Huxley while the technology for sustainable society threatens to slip into oblivion. It is Hitler's Big Lie in action: tell people over and over again that things are wonderful, and even if times are horrible, people will believe it. Perhaps it is the symptom of a society sick in its guts and refusing doctors. Then again, perhaps all these male leaders are having a lit tle bit of insecurity. Science has finally made the better penis. SPALDING GRAY SKIS THE SLIPPERY SLOPE b y Aaron G ustafson For a man with as many mi haps and adventures as Spalding Gray, his new monologue, "A Slippery Slope," seems to tie to gether all of the loose ends that have existed in his life. "Slippery Slope" is a conclusion, of sorts, to a career and a life that was so interesting and rich that it spawned 14 monologues, six books, and countless therapy sessions. Gray's monologues have always been centered around the events that have occurred over the fifty-odd years of his life: from his childhood, growing up in the shadow of a neurotic Christian Scientist mother in Rhode Island, to his work in Thailand on The Killing Fields, to his attempt at writing a novel, and, most recently, his attempt to ski Most of all, these mono logues have centered around his own neuroses and his inability to take a vacation "Slippery Slope which was performed at the Van Wezel Center of the Performing Arts last week, seems to draw from all areas of Gray's life, frequently making references to his earlier monologues and his book, Impossible Vacation, though it rarely alludes to his numerous movie appearances (such as The Pickle and The Paper) It systematically follows Gray from h is ea rl y days gazi n g a t a mo u ntain o u t the window of a prep school in Maine to a more recent time w h en he was fin ally able to ski a Vermont mountain, in t he rain wearing a ga r bage bag. The monologue includes the ta l e of his marriage to l ongrime girlfriend Rene (who constantly appears in his mono l ogues) and the birth of his first son (which was not born to Rene, but another woman with whom he had been having an affair both before and during his short-lived mar riage). Finally, in what could be considered the worst of circumstances-divorce, child, rain, and skiing in Vennontit all comes together and Gray appears in contro l of his life and most importantly, happy.


The Catalyst Editorials March 11, 1997 7 EDITORIAL: TINY BUBBLES Why has the hot tub been a target of vandalism and .... bubble bath? Aside from the four acts of vandali m on the spa this semester alone, unknown person(s) have poured bubble bath into the hot tub three times in the last three weeks. Perhaps if you realized exactly how bubble bath affects the mechanics and maintenance of the hot tub you'd recon sider pouring such destructive chemicals into the water The bubble bath throws off the pH of the water, resulting in the corro sion of the jets and the heater. Ever notice the discoloration around the hot tub and the Jets? The spa is laced with copper as a result of this corrosion. Also, each time the spa gets clogged, the maintenance crew must spend an en tire day washing and scrubbing the tub and changing the filters. It costs about $500 (labor-inclusive) to fix the hot tub each time it breaks. Guess who pays for this? Not the administration. Not the fit-ness center Not Dallas Dort. Guess again. If the hot tub is repeatedly clogged and vandalized, the campus cops may have to patrol the pool area with a much higher frequency; neither the cops nor the students wants that to happen The spa is a popular relaxation spot for many students; what's the point of even having one if it is consistently bro ken? If you feel like taking a bubble bath, use your own bathtub. Let Calgon take you somewhere other than the hot tub. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hey, I was just sitting around procras tinating and thinking about things here on campus and thought i'd share some thoughts with you Generally, I talk to the cops to find out what's going on outsJde of student life. I also talk to them about what they are un comfortable about, and how they would prefer for students to act. 1 try to explain to them our viewpoints and misunder standings Compromises are important. I unfortunately feel that the UP are way too involved in our life. I believe that this is because they feel a legal and moral need to be This is a problem that we need to fix; students are at fault to a decent de gree, the cops perhaps even more so. There are very difticult and varied dy namics involved Maybe if students were friendlier in general to the cops everyone would feel better. Anyone who tries talking to Roarty knows that cops can be cool. If every stu dent who passed by a cop waved, said hello, or even engaged in small talk, could you imagine the difference it would make? Both parties would be hard pressed to be unfriendly (or in some cases openly antagonistic). Perhaps an air of mutual appreciation and respect could be developed. I wouldn't be too friendly if I were treated like the cops are. They do have legal responsibilities. They did go to school for this. Jorge and I held the Fetish Ball Ia t weekend and to the cops' credit the only thing that they asked us about was underage drinking. Boy was that tough to think everybody had a good time and no one got arrested! All the students had to worry about was not walking around getting trashed in public. I was happier to have the police there. Granted, there were only about six people I didn't recognize that night, but if a bunch of weirdos had showed up the cops are much better at getting people to leave than we are. Note: almost all of the peo ple that you didn't recognize at the Fetish Ball were student invitees. As to what happens when one of us underage drinkers spills our beer on the wrong cop, well, the last two underage drinking arrests were reJ(med to Student Court (they happened at the Inferno PCP). Maybe, hint, hint, hint, if we started being discrete and using the Student Court more often the police would relax a little, wink, wink. Harmoniously yours, Hazen Komraus NCSA UPDATE SAC MINUTES It has come to the attention of the NCSA Co-Presidents (Matt Grieco and Martha Alter) that it is not sufficient for 50 students to be present at a Town Meeting for a motion to pass; rather, 50 students must vote in favor of a motion for it pass, re gardless of the number present. Since no motion at the last meeting received 50 votes or more, all of those votes are null and void. The only motion substantially affected by this is that to limit PCP attendance to New College students, alumni, and their guests This measure, which would have required guests to se cure passes from the Cop Shop and bar the attendance of those not personally invited by students, was not passed. The other motions were basically just recommendations to the NCSA offi cers present, and will be observed as if they had actually passed. Thanks to the student who made us aware of our error! We apologize for the confusion. Meeting of Thursday, March 6, 1997. All members in attendance. Jennif e r Carnah a n requested $17.50 to make 700 flyers about Tibet and a letter-writing campaign and $50.00 for stamps and envelopes. Allocated: $67.50. Lex T h o m so n requested $1055 to bring Vigilantes for Sound to campus ($125 for hotel, $30 for food and $900 for the concert.) Request was denied. The SAC loves Lex but they don't think that the band is popular enough. Sop h ie D eBeuke laer requested $1450 for a Geographical Information Systems program ($1250 for the program and $200 for licenses.) Allocated: $1450.


8 The Catalyst Justus Doenecke, professor of history at New College, has been elected to the North American Board of Peace History Society. The PHS, founded in 1964, encourages, supports and coordi nates national and international scholarly work to explore and articulate the condi tions and causes of peace and war, and communicates the findings of cholarly work to the public. There will be a Town Meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00p.m. in Palm Court. There will be an Open Forum with Dean Michalson and Tim Richardson to discuss the Student Life Self-Study Committee on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 p .m. on the couches in Ham Center. Attention New College bands! An evening of live music in the newly reno vated band room is being planned. If you would like to play at this how put a note in ;Box 58 or email me at garfinke @ virtu The band room show is tentatively planned for Sat. April 5 and, due to an expected high number of intere ted act bands with previous playing experience will be given priority Food service representatives will be collecting your Marriott dishware on Tuesday evening starting at 7 :30p.m. Please have them cle a n and ready. If you can t be in yow room, drop those dishe off in your RA's room They will do a econd round on Monday evening The Action Auction, sponsored by the New College Foundation, ha student job opportuniti es for the night of Saturday, March 22, 1997, from 5:30 p.m until about II :30 p.m in Hamilton Center. Salary is $5.00 per hour Cash paid at the end of the night. Sign up in the trailer next to Robertson Hall. Only 25 openings available so don't delay. You must be able to attend a short pre auction meeting on Friday, March 14, at 4:00p.m. in the trailer. Give us your announcements or die Really, we mean it. We never kid around. Announcements March 11, 1997 CAREER CENTER Statewide Job Fair at USF Tampa Sundome on Friday, May 9 from 10 : 00 a m. to 3:00p. m Girl Scout Camp Camp Mah-KahWee, Orlando, FL Full-time summer employment is available for qualified students at a resident camp operated by Citrus Council of Girl Scout!'j Dates of employment are from early June through early August. These positions are primarily for women skilled in ele mentary education, recreation, water sports, arts and crafts environmental studies, Red Cross certified swimming, canoeing and sailing. Salaries range from $140-$300 per week ; room and board are furnished. Careers'97 Daytona Beach, March 20 and 21 Need a job or internship? Careers'97 will be sponsoring a career fair in Daytona Beach for all business, liberal arts, engineering, computer science/CIS and MIS majors From 12:00 pm to 5:00pm each day. Email any questions to careeramer@aol .c om. AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps A ten-month f ull-time residential ervice program for men and women age 18 to 24. While members address education, public safety, and other issues, their first priority is improving the envir o nment. Web site : Application Deadline: April 15, 1997. D' Arcy Lane Inc. London, Ontario D' Arcy Lane Institute offers Equine Massage Therapy to foster an appreciation of the e questrian co mmunity encourage the continuing well-being of all horses and support s cientific st udies in equine h e alth. Applicants are required to have completed two senior level sc 1ences or equivalent. Additional information available in the Career Resource C e nter Scholarships for Study Abroad Since 1947, R o tary International has sponsored over 29 000 men and women to act as ambassadors of goodwill tlu-ough study in another country. Applications are now being accepted for the 1998-99 Rotary Ambassasdorial Scholarship program which provides stipends of up to $22,000 for a year of study. If you will graduate by Spring 1999 and wish to study at a foreign university, you are eligible to apply All recipients must be willing to discuss and share their experiences with Rotary Clubs in the host country during the gr ant period and with Clubs in the local district upon re turn to the U.S. The scholarship is highly competitive and the application process is rigorous. Our campus application deadline is April 7, 1997. For additional information stop in the Career Resource Center; PME-1 19. PUT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE CATALYST. ANNOUNCEMENTS RECEIVED BEFORE S 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-MAIL1US AT CATAL YST@JVIRTU.

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