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Features Reviews of The Mummy and The Faculty -page4 Volume VIII. Issue 13 Town meeting discusses joint allocat ons by Shanon Ingles The first topic for discussion at the final Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 11, was the proposal for the student endorsement of the plans of the Intercultural Center. As first-year Gene Cassidy, NCSA Secretary, read in the proposal, its stated purpose is "to endorse the need for an intercultural center as proposed in the Catalyst." "We have a meeting with the dean and we just want to tell him that the students support [the cen ter]," explained fourth-year Marcus Poirera, who also fell that the cen ter was essential for the campus in the shadow of several racial incients o Most students were in agree ment of the importance of an Intercultural Center. Forth-year Helen Matthews believes that the center will "attract more minority students to New College." A quorum of fifty students was present and the proposal was passed to express student support for an Intercultural Center. The next topic was regarding the debate between the UP and New College student bodies about the financing of Hamilton Center. According to Rachael Morris, NCSA President, the original agreement was that the cost was split fifty/fifty. However, due to the recent UP student government's concern that UP students are not using the facility as much as New College students, this split in cost has been under negotiation. According to Morris, the NCSA has agreed to lower the UP's cost by five percent. However, the UP students argue that this figure is un acceptable and propose that it be lowered by ten percent, leaving the split at 60/40. Since the total cost of Hamilton Center is approxi mately $80,000 per year, the NCSA will have to take on the extra $4,000. This $4,000 will be taken [q PAGE. 5 Contributions Diversity, Rowing, Kosovo -page? tadpoles! tadpoles on lucky number 13! May 1 3 1999 Admissions calls for student participation Students encouraged to spread the word about NC over the summer by Mario Rodriguez Inquiries to the New College Office of Admissions are down, but alumni and student recruiters could be pivotal in rectifying the problem. "Receiving a pamphlet in the mail isn't nearly as powerful as talking with someone who is cur rently enrolled in the college," stressed NCSA President Rachael Morris. Susan Rothfuss, Assistant Director of Admissions, "and last year we brought in a class of 189. Now we know we won't bring in that large a class this year. We can't predict at this point what size class we'll have. It's impossible." of Admissions Natalie Arsenault, has been organizing a recruitment strategy with the AlumQ.i A::;sociation. Commendations are in order for the student body. Rothfuss said New College students are honest, point ing out the good and bad to visiting prospectives. Instead of being de terred, Rothfuss finds they react positively. Morris pointed out funky dinner scrappings left to fester in Hamilton Center are never a plus, however. Most significantly, requests for information from potential out-of state students have fallen from 3,367 to 2,890 since last year. Thirty-four non-Fioridians are cur rently enrolled for next year's incoming class, compared to 37 in Spring 1998. However, In-state en rollment is up by three, so there has been no net change. Staying on track with last year's admissions testified to her office's hard work, Rothfuss felt, especially since the Money Magazine Guide to Colleges, once a separate publica tion with a shelf-life of four months, can only be found now in drasti cally shortened form in Money Magazine's September issue. The Guide was a source of free adver tisement that garnished national attention m for New College. Sincere or sloven, it makes little difference unless New College can get out-of-state students to visit. Admissions can not afford plane tickets to fly in prospectives like other colleges. According to the re view of admissions compiled by Rothfuss spends the autumn months compiling figures making rolled, we're exactly on target to where we were last year," said Candidates for Associate Dean announced Langston s replacement will be chosen from two faculty members by Mario Rodriguez Although the process has not yet come to fruition, New College Warden Michael Bassis will soon an nounce the new Associate Dean and Warden of New College. May 2 marked the deadline for nominations among the faculty for the year-old position, which came into being with the merger of two deans last spring. "The choosing of the Associate Dean and Warden has been an issue since the beginning of the year," said Doug Langston, the current Associate Dean and Warden of New College, "but didn't become an actual opinion poll until the last month. It's a very, very important po sition. It has a Jot of important roles for the college." Pivotal among these is Langston's role as New College's advisor to the Campus Dean. This is where the position finds its roots. Langston served as Interim Dean and Warden during 1997-1998. He continued in the position through the summer, also taking on theresponsibilities of Interim Campus Dean. "I Bassis] came in the first week of classes," said Langston. "It was kind of obvious someone had to con tinue on [in the new position of Associate Dean and Warden] to make the transition possible. I agreed to fill the new position for a year. That was what I sort of as sumed going into it. I suppose I could have stood for reelection, but I chose not to." "In a way I didn't step down. I just executed the plan I had in mind all along," he concluded. Two Deans, one for New College and one for the University Program, seemed bureaucratically cumber some in the eyes of many New College faculty and staff. They received no more than a memorandum, however, before USF Tampa unveiled the new office of a single Campus-wide Dean last Spring. Initially sur prised, the faculty and staff then embraced the position, while many students were estranged and wary. In lieu of the administrative merger, the value of the Associate Dean and Warden of New College becomes clear. The Associate Dean's duties encompass the over sight of the New College academic budget, including all three Divisions. The Associate Dean and Warden also advises the Campus Dean on personnel matters. "We have a very decentralized budget structure," said Langston. "There are traditional budgets associated with the three Divisions and [the overall budget bas) been stable for the last three years. [The position is] just a matter of passing the budgets onto the Divisions and dealing with the situations that occur when the faculty go on leave." New College's Associate Dean and Warden oversees student funds, study abroad, and administrative waivers, such as those regarding SASC decisions. He or she represents the academic program, and works with U "DEAN" ONPAGB 4
2 The Catalyst Larry fJynt Obscenity Trial Gets UnderWay CINCINNATIJury selection began Monday in the long-awaited trial of flamboy ant Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who faces 15 charges in connection with the 1997 sale of sexually explicit videos to a 14year-old boy. The actual trial is not likely to start until the end of the week, at the earliest. Flynt views the case as a rematch of his 1977 obscenity prosecution in Cincinnati, the topic of the 1996 Milos Forman film "The People vs. Larry Flynt." Several jurors have been dismissed based upon their responses to the questionnaires. Opposing attorneys will question potential ju rors Tuesday, after which the first jurors will be seated. The 56-year-old Flynt and his brother, Jimmy, 52, each face a maximum of 24 years in prison and $65,000 in fines if convicted of all 15 obscenity-related counts that center on the sale of sexually explicit videos in 1997 to a boy who was 14 years old. The charges came shortly after Flynt helped open the store in downtown Cincinnati, where authorities prosecuted him 20 years ago on ob scenity charges. He had challenged authorities to arrest him again. Jimmy Flynt runs the shop. Flynt, paralyzed by a would-be assassin's bullet 20 ago, watched the News right to publish and sell what he pleases under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees free speech and freedom of the press. NATO Steps Up Bombing, China Demands A Halt BELGRADENATO stepped up its bomb ing of Yugoslavia Tuesday, ending a lull in the air war since it mistakenly attacked the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, and chances for a diplomatic breakthrough seemed stalled. China, enraged at Friday's attack on its mission in which three people died, signaled it might block peace moves at the United Nations until NATO halted its 49-day-old aer ial campaign. Tuesday's bombardment went ahead after NATO leaders dismissed as inadequate a re ported plan by Belgrade for the partial withdrawal of its troops and police from Kosovo. Allied attacks bit industrial and communi cations sites across the country, including Belgrade. Also hit was Serbia's third largest city Nis in the south, an industrial center which has seen intensive bombardment during NATO's seven-week campaign. China continued its fierce condemnation of the air strikes. Beijing's U.N. ambassador, Qin Huasun, told reporters late Monday: "We strongly call upon NATO to stop immediately its military strikes against the sovereign state of Yugoslavia so as to create a conducive at-o o o plated wheelchair. China and Russia are key to an overall He told reporters later that no decision had U.N. agreement on ending the Kosovo crisis been made on whether he would testify during because, along with NATO members the the trial, stating that he will rely on his attorUnited States, Britain and France, they are perneys to judge when and if the time is right. manent Security Council members with veto Flynt, who now lives in Los Angeles, berights. lieves attitudes toward sexually oriented In China, calm returned to Beijing's diplomaterial have changed dramatically since his matic district Tuesday after three days of 1977 arrest and prosecution on obscenity anti-U.S. protests, and state media for the first charges. time carried apologies by U.S. and NATO He initially was convicted and sentenced to leaders for the bombing of the Chinese erna sevento 25-year prison term. He spent less bassy in Belgrade. than a week in jail, however, and the convicWashington has confessed that the disastion was overturned on appeal. trous attack on China's Belgrade mission was Fl nt views the current case as a test of his due to CIA officials selectin NATO bombin May 13, 1999 targets using an outdated map of the Yugoslav capital. NATO believed it was bombing a Yugoslav arms agency. An apology by President Clinton for the at tack, in which three Chinese nationals died, was aired on Chinese television news Tuesday, with subtitles. It was the first time any of the several apologies by U.S. and NATO leaders had been published in China. China's Foreign Ministry later avoided say ing whether his government considered Clinton's remarks met its demand for a formal apology. "We've taken note of the relevant statement of President Clinton," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao told reporters. "China will continue to closely follow the de velopments of the situation there," he added. Poet/Cartoonist/Lyricist/ All Around-Good-Guy Shel Silverstein Dies KEY WESTShel Silverstein, the author of such wonderful children's classics as A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, was found dead Monday morning of a heart attack. He was 66. Silverstein had severe coronary artery dis ease. Friends said he had recently complained of an upset stomach and that he "didn't feel quite right," said Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Eicher. Two cleaning women dis covered Silverstein's body in the bedroom of his home Monday. i ve e' o e many o s at ave en tertained millions of children and adnlts for years. The loss of this writer is harsh one. Hi death is a shock to those who held his works dear to them. In all of his books, poems and cartoons be sought to inspire happiness and laughter, while at the same time teaching im portant lessons. The Giving Tree, one of Silverstein's best known books, is to celebrate 35 years in publication this fall. He will be missed. Information compiled from Reuters, Associated Press and Yahoo! Full Coverage. catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at hup://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Cyndy Ekle Managing Editor Trina Hofrciter Staff Writers Max Campbell, Charles Choi, Aaron Gustafson, Julian Frazier, Shanon Ingles, David Saunders, Mario Rodriguez, Ben Ruby Contributors Brian Frank, Nikki Kostyun, Mandy Malloy, Judd Wilson The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photos hop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tarniami Tr. 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3 The Catalyst News May 13, 1999 Students encouraged to join Blueprint summer task force I(TQWNMEETING" F110M PAGE I directly out of SAC funds, which may limit stu dent activities. "We came to a stalemate," explained Morris, "I think the solution is to make Hamilton Center a more joint use facility." According to Morris, the UP student govern ment has threatened not to allocate their share of the funds for Hamilton Center. This is contrary to an agreement they signed before going into the negotiation, which stated that if there was no res olution they would still both pay half of the costs. "Their threat not to sign it is in breach of con tract," said Morris. "We spoke with Bassis and he alluded that the administration might step in to break the stalemate, which is unconstitu tional...but if no agreement is made by May 20, no funds (from the ANS) will be coming to the campus." However, Morris believes it is very unlikely that it will come to that. Forth-year Arkady Medevoy does not believe that the UP Program should pay less for Hamilton Center. "The parking lot is part of Hamilton Center. I can't park on campus, the parking lot is always filled with UP student cars. If they are not going to pay for Hamilton Center then they shouldn't be able to use its parking lot," said Medovoy, "It sets a bad precedent when we start making these kind of fiscal divithe UP program's position. "We have to pay for them just because they don't want to use the building." However, not all the students opposed the UP's position. First-year Peter Brinson said, "I think a lot of what we've said is very reactionary. I think it's only fair that a 60-40 agreement should be made." Morris announced that there will be a special referendum, in Hamilton Center, held on Friday, May 14, which will allow students to vote on this issue. Morris encouraged students to get in volved, emphasizing that the bill needs a two thirds vote to pass. The floor topic was then changed to the search for a Director of Student Affairs. Morris expressed Associate Dean and Warden Doug Langston's concern that the student meetings with the candidates for this position were poorly attended. First-year Myriam Alvarez said, "We need to increase attendance. We want to say that we want Tim because we saw the other candidates and read their resumes and we still want Tim to be Director of Student Affairs." To expand on the need for dialogue not only between students and faculty, but between stu dents and administration, first-year Julia Burch proposed a plan to improve relations between students and Warden Bassis. "I propose to have an informal, very casual meeting between students, Bassis, Langston and the faculty." said Burch. Morris, who agreed that it was a good idea to improve communication, also brought up that "Dr. Bassis is on a year trial at New College ... He is about to sign a five-year contract...lt's impor tant that the provost knows how the students feel about him." Medovoy said, "I think students should be given the opportunity to evaluate their adroinistion should also be eridqued." Moving the meeting right along, Deborah Herbstman, NCSA Vice President, brought up the topic of the Blueprint Summer Committees. Because of student concern over the committees meeting over the summer, Bassis has sent out a series of memos, inviting interested studentJ to participate in the summer work groups. He has even offered gratis on campus housing for the summer, for those who volunteer to be on these committees. If you are interested in participating on the Blueprint Task Group on Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes, please contact David Brain, Keith Fitzgerald, Gene Lewis, Sarah Hernandez, or Environmental Studies Program Coordinators Jono Miller and Julie Morris. If you are interested in being on the Task Group on Institutional Research, contact Charlene Callahan, or Gordon Bauer. Morris then announced the creation of a Student Admission Task Force, which is a "stu dent run" group that has nothing to do with the Blueprint Committee Task Groups. According to Morris, the admission numbers are in a "crisis with a capitol 'C"'. Since the number of out of state students ap plying are dropping, "We need out of state students to volunteer their time to recruiting stu dents." Morris explained, "No one can promote New College like a New College student can." Morris encourages all out of state students to get involved, especially if they are planning on going home for the summer. When the floor was opened for announce ments, Mandy Malloy, a second-year who is one of the student founders of the Rowing Club, ex pressed concern over rumors about the newly founded New College Rowing Club. "There have been a lot of rumors about the rowing club," Mandy Malloy began, "and no one from Bassis are and those who are them should come taJk to her for verification. Then Steve Yacco, a New College alum, de cided he had one last comment to make, before the meeting was adjourned. "I've learned one thing at New College: Paranoia is our friend." And on that note, the meeting dispersed. PubLab reopens, brings joy and spray paint The New College-owned computer center is once again ready for student use by David Saunders Some of you may have seen alum Matthew Grieco standing outside be hind Barbara Beggren's office smoking a cigarette and thought to yourself, "That is an awfully odd place to be hanging out. What the hell is he doing?" You've also probably seen signs foretelling the re-opening of the Pub Lab. To many of the first-years, this coincidence means nothing. However, many older students recognize this occurrence for what it is and are rejoic ing. The opening of the fun computer lab. Many fondly remember the days of the old PubLab, when one could spray-paint all over the wa1ls, play Marathon at full volume, or simply check your e-mail while carrying an axe. One who has never experienced the Pub Lab might ask "What's the big whoop?" The PubLab has a very different atmosphere from the HCL 6 Macl.ab. It has much more comfortable and laid-back ambiance than the somewhat institutional feeling of the Macl.ab. A common analogy around school is that the Macl.ab was the "salon," while the PubLab was the "sa loon." This difference could stem from the fact that the Macl.ab is jointly owned by New College and USF, whereas tbe Publ..ab is all New College. The Pub Lab was closed at the end of last year for a few reasons, mainly do to the stale of disrepair the room itself was in. "The room was in decay. There was paint all over the walls, the t!lbles were being eaten away by bugs and couldn't support the computers ... The regular out-of-the-bucket-paint wasn't so much of a bad idea ... but when students used spray paint, combined with the nonexistent ventilation, it caused many of the problems with the macs last year. When we opened up some of the Quadras, there were layers of spray paint inside them," ex plained second-year PubLab TA Michael Botzenmeyer. In addition, the air conditioning in the room was broken, which was causing mold all over the room. However, Physical Plant has recently remodeled the old student gov ernment office, re-flooring, re-painting and re-equipping it for the PubLab's use. The Publ.ab now sports air conditioning, three of the old computers, a new laser printer, and three iMac computers. "Another iMac is on the way, as is an All-in-One G3," said third-year Edin Hajdarpasic, another TA. On Wednesday, May 5, when the lab was officially opened, the walls had the same sterile quality of those in the HCL 6 MacLab. However, in just a few short days that has already changed. Spray painted pictures, ran dom witty quips written and printed sheets of non-sensical jokes are already spaced out around the wall. It is regaining the colo.r and peTS?nal ity that originally made it "the Publ.ab." Students play theu COs while doing work, yell loudly while playing networked games, and generally help each other work dilligently.
4 The Catalyst Entertainment May 13, 1999 The Mummy: despite a slow start, the movie pulls through It's got comedy, action and romance ... all for the price of one movie ticket by Max Campbell Watching The Mummy was definitely worth the wait-and that's high praise coming from me, considering that I had to wait for more than two hours to get in and see it. The Mummy was a combination of a thriller, an action movie, and, oddly enough, a comedy. The amazing thing was that the movie managed to combine all of these elements with great success. The film's plot borrows a great deal from both mummy movies of the 1930s and Indiana Jones. The story begins in ancient Egypt, where the High Priest of Osiris, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), is having an affair with Anck-Su Namun, the official mistress of Pharaoh Sati. Of course, the Pharaoh soon discovers his lover and priest's duplicity, whereupon they hack him to pieces in a fit of passion. Anck-Su-Namun then kills herself to avoid capture. Imhotep later steals her body and attempts to resurrect her, but the ceremony is ceased by the vengeful guards of the dead Pharaoh. The guards condemn all of Imhotep's priests to be mummified alive. The high priest himself is then placed under a terrible curse of undeath, which would have disastrous consequences for the entire world if the mummi fied priest was ever awakened. The descendants of the Pharaoh's guard have formed a secret society (a la Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) in order to make sure that the mllllillny' vee the lost city of Hamunaptra is surrounded by ru mors of vast treasures to be bad-rumors which attract the attention of basically everyone Jiving in the 1920s. Among those who seek the vast wealth of the ancient Pharaohs are the scruffy American hero Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), and two English scholars, Evelyn and Jonathan Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz and John Hannah). They are rivaled by a team of American adven turers, lead by O'Connell's "friend," Beni, a cowardly thief. Of course, it's only a matter of time before one of the groups awakens the Mummy of Imhotep, and releases the biblical Egyptian Plagues upon the earth. The movie starts off with amazing levels of corny narration, bad acting, and unimpressive costumes. Imhotep's gold-skinned under priests look like so many refugees from Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, and the murder of the Pharaoh and suicide of Anck-Su-Namun come off like scenes from the Jerry Springer show. If the film hadn't improved, even this mild man nered reporter might have found himself throwing ice at the screen by the movie's mid way point. Yes, the film did get better as it went along, although there were still several cheesy moments throughout. When Anubis-the chariot-riding God of Death -whisks away Imhotep's soul, the High Priest reacts exactly as if a cabby has just driven away with his luggage! However, The Mummy refuses to take itself seriously enough for the occasionally corny dia logue to work against it. To a large extent the movie is a parody of the 1930s mummy movies; the film makes use of many monster-movie cliches and unabashedly calls attention to them. At their camp in the ruins of Hamunaptra, the fire flickers and dies whenever someone men tions the curse. O'Connell wryly remarks that "that happens a lot around here." When they open Imhotep's sarcophagus, the (still inanimate) mummy leans out with a hideous shriek, to Evelyn's annoyance: "I hate it when they do that." The film contains many self-mocking mo ments such as these, and they work to a wonderful affect. It seems strange to say so, but The Mummy is a very funny movie. Beyond the first scenes, The Mummy boasts some great special effects, such as the representa-. ons o e a an o m o ep s magica powers. Not that the movie takes these seriously, either. At one point, Imhotep's servant obse quiously praises a giant sandstorm which the mummy called up: "That was a really great trick, that whole wall of sand thing." This, of course, reminds the audience that the whole sequence was a trick, and that the movie's creators are giv ing themselves an absurd pat on the back. The special effects are involved in a great many action sequences included in the movie, as well. The film may be set in the 1920s, but the characters make up for this deficiency in modem firepower by going for quantity rather than qual ity of arms for example, in the opening scene O'Connell wields a rifle and two pairs of pistols! The characters spend a lot of time shooting and setting each other on fire, as well as hacking apart legions of undead mummies, all in the name of adventure. Despite the high levels of vi olence, very little blood is actually seen-people Run for your life! The Mummy has risen! Rick O'Connel, Evelyn and Jonathan Carnarvon run amidst crumbling bits of realistic Egyptian rubble to escape the curse of Imhotep. are chopped apart, tortured to death, and eaten alive by killer scarabs mostly off-screen. There are several gruesome scenes involving terrible wounds or spontaneous rotting corpses, so I would not advise taking the kids to see this movie (even though half of the audience did ex actly that). All in all, The Mummy is a great movie. The ob igatory grisly deaths are, for the most part, dot dwelt upon, and despite the combat scenes, the film is really not about gratuitous violence. The Mummy is, above all, an adventure movie-and a good one, at that. There's a lot of suspense, a lot of action, a great deal of comedy, and even a few genuinely dramatic moments. And, of course, there is the obligatory romantic inter est between the male and female leads. Finally, the movie does a good job at captur ing a distinctly Egyptian feel. It includes little historical tidbits such as the actual methods used to mummify people, the role that cats play in Egyptian mythology, and a (heavily fictionalized) description of the Book of the Dead. Yes, The Mummy was most definitely worth a trip to the theater-and I'm sure that most of the others who flocked to the theaters on the movie's open ing night would agree, despite the long lines at the door. Associate Dean Leaving for the summer? the Director of Student Affairs, Admissions and Administrative Services. In the absence of the Campus Dean and Warden. the Associate Dean and Warden can sign official documents and chair New College faculty meetings. Two names went forward to the faculty for approval a week and a half ago: Professor of Economics Fred Strobel and Professor of Art History Malena Carrasco. All ballots are in. Strobel said he would be glad to serve as Associate Dean and Warden, especially now that he has an idea of how New College works. This is his third small college. He said he would miss teaching, since the position involves a reduced class load, but hopes to make a "contribution." "I think its a vital position," said Strobel, "no matter if it started from scratch a year ago." Don't throw all your stuff away' ... see the 'Announcements' section for suggestions of where to put things (instead of the landfill)
5 The Catalyst Entertainment May 13, 1999 Bringing high school sterotypes to fight aliens The provtng we can get along if little green men fill our hearts with fear by FraZJer It is in this fashion that, in less than could bring toa day and a half, nearly the entire 'gether a geek, a JOCk, a Goth, a school is assimilated. Only a group g cheerleader, a transfer student, and a of six students catches on to the dedrug dealer? Answer: an alien invavious plan and are able to group sion. together in order to try and stop the This film is like Invasion of the aliens. However, the six students are g, w 4 Body Snatchers in the setting of a all very different from one another modem, clique-divided high school. and would not dare speak with any It would seem that the writers have of the others if it were not for the tried very hard to make sure that circumstances. every high school stereotype is repFirst there is Stan, the head of resented, and have succeeded in the football team. He is resentful of insulting almost everyone. the fact that football is his life and The basic idea is that a parasitic he bas decided to quit the team in A a cheerleader, a southern belle and a geek -all trying to outsmart the a hens. Where else would you find this dynamic combination? Except maybe at New College ... oh wait. We are the aliens. alien being has chosen an average order to improve his lacking acade-higb school in Ohio to begin its mic abilities. Then there is his eventual take over of the Earth. As girlfriend, Delilah, who is the head one of the characters puts it, "If you cheerleader and the editor for the were going to take over the world school newspaper. She informs Stan would you start by blowing up the that she will dump him if he quits White House Independence Day the team. Delilah is investigating style?" The alien takes over a perthe teachers' lounge with Casey, the son's body by implanting a small stereotypical geek, to find juicy self-replicating organism into the story ideas for the newspaper when ear of the host's body. Within less they discover the dead decaying than a minute, the host is combody of one of the teachers in the pletely under the alien's control, closet. even though he or she may appear Casey tells his story to Stokely normal. the token Goth chick, knowing that and tells everyone that she is a les bian so that she will be left alone. Of course by the end of the movie she learns to accept the friendship of others and is "cured" of her de pression. This is suggested in the way that she stops wearing so much dark make-up, and actually wears clothes in a color other than black. The last of the six main charac ters is the Marybeth, the Southern belle who transferred from Atlanta on the same day that the aliens begin to take over Together these several points in the story, this film mimics Invasion of the Body Snatchers in many ways. I'm not the first to state that this movie is like a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Breakfast Club. This movie did hold my inter est better than either of these other two, although I was disgusted by this movie in many ways. What bothered me the most was the use of gross and often inaccurate high school stereotypes. I think, though, that the film is making fun of itself First the faculty are assimt a in o then the students are called into the hoping that she can help unravel the ure out wbat is going on in nurse's office one by one for what mystery. Stokely is an interesting school and fight to stop the aliens. they are told is a routine ear exam. character. She dresses all in black As the characters point out at USF gives more money to NC admissions for scholarships "DEAN" FROM PAGE 1 does not even have enough computers. "We are a state institution," Rothfuss reiterated. "I think we do a tremendous job with the resources we have. [Director of Admissions Kathy Killion] really manages to creatively put together mailings and packets within the budget." The budget schedule is another problem. New College functions on USF's timescale. USF is not competing with out-of-state institutions for students, so it can afford to release its financial aid estimates on April 1. Oberlin and other com petitors have already gotten back to prospective students by this date. "This is a problem university-wide," said Dean Bassis. "[USFTampa also needs] to link their financial aid effort and their admissions ef fort closer together. They need to change their timing so admissions decisions and financial aid awards are ready to be communicated to students much earlier in the cycle. We're also talking to the University about giving New College inde pendent capacity to package students for financial aid and [Kathy Killion and Financial Aid are] about to set up a proposal to President Castor." Bassis noted President Castor and Provost Tighe allocated an extra $100,000 in scholarship aid for admissions to use toward students starting in the Fall.The budget request to Tampa for next year includes a request for two new admissions positions and $260,000 dollars in admissions op erating expenses. More urgent than this is the need to open the eyes of out-of-state prospectives. "New College at least needs to have a fifty-fifty split between in-state and out-of-state if it wants to continue to claim to be a national institution," said Morris. What kind of students is admissions looking for to fill this national liberal arts institution? Average GPA's and SAT scores are down from previous years among the enrolled, but Rothfuss emphasized that's not everything. "A student could have a really strong GPA ai!d SAT score," said Rothfuss. "But if they're not open and receptive to everyone else's ideas and ways they're probably not going to survive here. Not having experienced New College as a student, one of the things that I think is so spe cial about this place is that you all are so accepting and open and I think that's something rare on college campuses." Most importantly, Morris felt admissions should be looking for people who are "genuinely interested in the liberal arts and learning for learning's sake, not just getting a job and getting a degree after New College." Morris wants to spearhead a student admis sions task force, not just a quick fix but something that would become a mainstay at New College. The group would organize twenty stu dent representatives to give talks at college fairs and in high school classrooms. Ideally, as many Novo Collegians would be involved as possible. "[It's] something to mirror what the alumni are doing," she said. "No one can market New College better to prospective students than peo ple who are currently enrolled at New College and alumni." Rothfuss encouraged New College students stop by admissions before the end of the year and take a couple of packets home for distribution. If you are interested in discussing the task force or organizing it over the summer, contact Rachael Morris at Box 578 or call her at 7514742. what could be more beautiful than the sight of lions and beetles on a cold december morning? a ham and cheese sandwich? maybe.
6 Th e C atalyst Contributions M a y 13, 1 9 9 9 Contribution: Do you trust the government? contributed b y B ri an Frank Con s i d eri n g the U.S.'s historical and present da y role in ot her humanitarian crises a r ound the w o rld w e bo uldn't tru tour governmen t to han dl e t lris cris i s w it h humanitarian concerns in mi n d. Y ou don't have to take my word for it, Mary Robi nson, the head of the United ations Huma n Rights Commission has condemned the bom bin gs, voicing the pos ibility that NATO lead ers may also find them elves under investi gatio a t t he international war crimes tribunal. As R obi n on points out NATO has complete judge ment over wha t is the most humanitarian way to deal wit h the situation and that "large numbers of c ivi l i h ave inconte tably been killed, civilian in ta t ions targeted on the basis that they are or coul d be of military application" She continue ,What w e are in effect seeing is lhat war-making has be come the tool of peacemaking. There mu t surel y be cause for us to pause and to think where t h is win l ead us She then adds quoting the U. N S ecretary-General "Each day's delay in the se ar ch for a politica l solution means more death s, mo re displacement and more de t ruct ion." Thus far bo t h NATO and Serbia h ave v erifie d that mis..;;iles, aU wi t hout a saving a si ngle K osovan, have hit nationa l parks, a televi sion station, a passen ger t r ain civi l ian f a ctories and oil depots civilian village a caravan of refugees, a public bus, and even the Bulgarian capital and the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. ing peace. In the last few weeks, many people that I have talked to have agreed with that state ment, but have insi ted that the use of ground troops (i.e., a far bigger war) is a more realis t ic way of making peace than simply bomb ing. Before committing your faith in NATO's ability to humanly carry our a vastly larger ground war, I beg that you ask yourself some simple question : Given that much of their country has been destroyed by NATO s hould we expect the Serbs to be cowards and flee to their shattered homes, or hould we expect them fight back as hard as they can? As they have brutally murdered civilian Ko ovans how should we ex pect them to react to a foreign army ? Should we expect a few hundred or tens of thousands of ca suallies on our s ide ? While we fight the Serb s how should we expect them to treat the Kosovans they hold in captiv i ty? Given NAT O previous callousnes toward the Serbian people, should we expect then that a few dozen a few thou and,ten thousand, or a hundred thousand Serbs will die in the peacemaking proces ? Clinton has specifically said that there would by no stop in the bombings for renegotiations, that the peacek ee pi ng forces m ust be NAT O con t roll ed and t ha t th e only end t o thi s conflict w ill be i n MiJo s evic agreeing to our original de mands. Think about thi Why, since the bombings have done nothing but ravage the two countries, have not saved a single Kosovan, why must the peacekeeping force be NATO based? Do you find NATO's original demands meaning ful enough that you would do nothing while the tens of thousands fall'? Do you know Milosevic well enough that you re ready wager the deaths of IOO,OOO's on our country's statement that he is an evil demon so completely incapable of ne gotiation that it s not worth the effort to even try? All this and Qinton has the nerve to say (in response to the Colorado shootings) We must teach our children to solve their with words and not violence. This war was not a last resort, it wa a reac tionary response to Miloscvic not submitting to NATO control, and now it has escalated com pletely out of control, fueled by a propagandized and manufactured public opinion, and ignorant of true humanitarian concern or even basic common sen e Unless we rai e our voices for diplomacy now, the lives of Americans Serbs, and Kosovans alike will be s acrificed. Protest t h is war before things get any worse NOW is the time to do something! Our ignorance and apat h y are o u r con sent! Get involved in protest ing t he war this ummer o r a t least keep informed. There ar e protes t s in Sarasola f r o m 4 6 P.M ev e ry S a tu r d a y a t G ulfs tr eam a nd 41 and d oze n of others around the co untry If y ou want intelligent essays on the an t i -war m ove m en t check out www.zmag.org/Zmag/kosovo.htm. 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1 The catalyst Contributions May 13, 1999 Contribution: An explanation from the Rowing Club I w a nt to clarify a few rumors circulating I was not consulted, even though my box number that since sport clubs are of no obvious interest campu s about the newly formed Row ing Club is posted all over campu s. Apparently, many people are under the impresThird BASSIS HAS NOT SET ASIDE ANY to them, it is "something they wanted." I con sider myself part of the "they" and I want a rowing club I feel entitled to this, and so should you. Are you aware that a couple hundred doUars of fees you pay each year goes to "sports fees"? If New College wants to grow and expand into a richer community, cultural identity is not the onl y diversity that needs to be addressed. Part of being a diverse and open campus is supporting diverse interests. sion that Dean Bassis has alotted $10,000 for the MONEY FOR ROWING. This is why we are club, at the expen se of funding to groups like the typing letters and peti tions to get a piece of the ICC. SPORTS FEES students pay to USF every year. First of all Elizabeth E lia and myself are the Even if Bassis HAD set aside money, it would ONLY official sponsors of this club. Amy Reid come from money allocated for sports programs. has been gracious enough to help us with her exIt disturbs me that New College students inter perience. However, Amy is a PROFESSOR, not ested in campus cohesion refuse to check a story a coach. In fact, if students checked their before using it to create an issue. We in the row sources, they would have discovered that the ing club are hoping that our petitions and rowing Club does not even WANT to be a team. requests to USF will help us get our foot in the Our club is just that -a CLUB. door so other New College sport groups Secondly, no one bothered to VERIFY the (sailing, dance, softball soccer) will be able to rumor about the money. A reporter from the get funding from USF. I understand the fear of USF stymieing New College's unique nature. New College students have expressed interest desire, and commitment in making a rowing club happen, and this should be respected by USF and New College students. Catalyst presumptuously tried to interview Bassis Amy Reid was sent an email from a student about this without bothering to drop a note in my representing a group concerned about money box. This has makes New College students apbeing spent on something they ''were not asked if pear reactionary and misinformed. Another ... they wanted." Well, New College, at least reporter from the Catalyst told me (after making twenty people expressed interest, and it was a Concerning the ICC, I too want to see this funded. Please note that any funding the Rowing Club receives will NOT affect any allocation to the ICC. Sports money comes from sports fees paid for that purpose. Please direct questions to a snide remark about the club) that she bas restudent (namely, me) who approached Amy ceived notes in her box asking the Catalyst to about learning. It would be nice if our liberal look into the "misappropriation" of funds. Again campus really was liberal, instead of assuming me. Mandy Malloy, Box 508 firstname.lastname@example.org. usfedu Le t t er to th e E d itor: Ok, di versity d oes matter Contribution: Give us your socks About two months ago I dared to v o ice my opinion What a drastic mistake that choice was. But thank fully, I h ad sup ortive Novo Collegians o n my side to inform me of all my shortcomings. Fortunately, now I am aware of how ignorant, offensive, racist, self-interested, un enlightened, and worse of all, d ifferent I was. Let me emphasize. WAS. Thanks to these aforemen tioned supporters of mine, I am a changed woman. Whoops, that's sexist. I am a changed person. HOORAY! I have now seen the light, and it is bright. 1 would love to live in a world where I wasn't teased and laughed at and emotion ally tormented when I was a kid because I was ugly and I dressed funny. Sometimes, this was the only thing that people acknowledged about me. This would be why it never mattered to me what people looked like because I knew that was in no way representative of who they are. But thank God, I now real ize how erroneous I was in thinking that. I have now emerged from that unselfish, mature way of thinking and regressed back into a state of superficiality. Why did diversity not matter to me? I DON'T KNOW! I empha sized that in my previous letter. But now, it does. Oh Yes, it does. There existed this certain je ne sais quoi (that's French) that I saw in each person before. Something that dif fered in them all, regardless of race or ethnic background ; and it w as t hi s same s o m et hing t hat m ad e t he m all special and unique. Not any-contributed by Judd Wilson In Kosov o, thous ands and th ou sands of human beings hav e o se trauma in the ast D ixon at Marriott (campus food ser vi ce s ) and afte r a few phone calls, w e bad worked o u t a deal that would enabl e m s elf and th e rest of New CoJJege to give what shade of dark or light their skin is, and I consider where their ancestors came from. I feel more whole due to this; I feel l ess igno rant and more fulfilled. The mudslinging, arguing, and bickering that only existed in writ ten word (and surprisingly never in person or over the phone) these past weeks has thoroughly infonned me of what the heck this diversity fuss is all about. What is all the fuss about? You may ask. Well, I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you. That sort of priviledged in formation cannot be disclosed at this point in time. But I assure you, if you ever stumble upon the rea son, you too will become a better person. Yes, ignorance is a choice. Everything is a choice. Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that? Why would anyone want to have his own set of morals and his own opinions, when the rest of the world is waiting with baited breath to offer him their own? Beats me. I tried that once, and, as you can all see, it didn't pan out too well. I have now joined the masses of New College. I have seen the way. Thank You. -Nikki Kostyun few months. These people have not suffered primarily because of what t hey have done wrong, as their ene mi e s say, b ut .in stea d because of who they are. To b e q u i t e hon e st, I am quite tempted to d o n othing in response. Mter all, I'm not at risk. Indeed, none of us at New College are. Or, maybe I could just feel sorry for the situation, and with a feeling of disgust and indignance, I could be justified in my inactivity. But no. Jesus Christ's loving faithfulness has shown me the dif ference between apathetic selfishness and reaching out in love, even when it costs a little or a lot of what you have. So, some buddies and I from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship decided to reach out and give something we've got. What do we have? Well, not a lot of money (don't know about you, but I'm in debt right now to a friend) and not a lot of things to sell for money either But, we do have re ources that we students don-.t think about: the money we invest in school. To be more precise, the money we invest in the school's meal card plan. It's money that I haven't fully tapped into this year, and that could feed a Kosovar refugee (1 mean bey, why not?). So I got together with Jerry money to feed beaten. hungry refugees. Here's the deal : until May 20, when o u r m ea l cards expire for the semeste r you and I can go t o the cafeteria or C-sto r e an d fill out a form to d onate meal card money to benefit the refugees in K o sovo. Then, when it's all collec t ed campus food services is going to spend our donated money to buy food for the Kosovars. They'r e going to buy foods and nutritional items re quested by Operation USA and American Friends Service Committee, two relief organizations working on behalf of the refugees. After that, the food goes to Kosovo! It's a simple way for a Novo Collegian to directly assist those in need. So how about it? Will you do nate your unused meal card money? I hope you do. It's a lot better than doing nothing. And who knows? Maybe we'll feed someone who helps stop violence from harming u in the future. You can look up Operation USA and American Friends Service Committee on the Internet at www.opusa.org and www.afsc.org, or contact Judd Wilson at box 21 for comments or questions. tomato
8 The Catalyst Announcements Inner Site, a performance instala tion by Kate Leonard, will be continuously looping on Friday, May 14 from 9-9:30 p.m. in the Sculpture Studio of the Caples Fine Arts Complex. Do you have extra food money? You can donate it to Kosovo refugees until May 20. A second way to help, is to donate socks. There is a box outside the Office of Student Affairs. Contact Judd Wilson, box 21, for more details. Help!! I'm a bug! Roger Topham and Co. will present Sunday Morning, a play, on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 in Sainer at 8 p.m. The New College No-Talent show is at 8 p.m. on Friday May 14 at the Four Winds Cafe. The lucky number of the day is ... 7,4326,013. Leaving your bike on campus for t h e summer? For o n l y two d o llars you can store your b i ke at th e bike shoppe. Stop by before May 20. Oarification:The Intercultural Center Proposal (issue 12) was dee dpe m e o peop e working through the Intercultural Center Committee including: Alba Aragon, He len Matthe w s, Arabena Nketsiah, Marcus Po i rera, and Jen Rehm Please return Alena's markers to her ASAP. Graduation is at 7 p.m. at the Bayfront on Friday, May 22. Interested in working on the summer work crew? Get paid minimum wage, but live on-campus for the summer for free. If you get along with other people, can deal with being outside working in Florida's hot summers, and can carry heavy objects, this may be your summer dream job. Contact Kevin Unrath in Student Affairs be fore Friday, May 14, to apply. mmm ... broccoli. The Asolo Late Night Series pre sents: Savage/Love, common poems of real and imagined moments in the spell of love by Sam Shepard and Joesph Chaikin. Free Admission on May 14 & 15 at 11 p.m. and May 16 at 7 p.m at Asolo's Cook Theatre. Yay!! Summer is almost here! Popsicles, slip n' slides, no papers ... Wondering what to do with all the stuff in your room when you move out? Don't even think about the dumpster just visualize your clothes, books and couch buried under last weeks pizza and dispos able diapers at the landfill! Here's a better approach. Books and magazines: put them in boxes in the lounges in each dorm area, and the New College Library Association wi11 collect them and sell them to raise money fo r our libr ary Plates, cups, and flatware 11 borrowed 11 from Marriot: As long as they aren't broken, take them back to the cafeteria so they can be used again next year. earung em first is t e ecent thing to do, but anything is better than pitching them out. C lothi ng: Look for boxes la beled for clot h i n g i n th e dorm lounges. Salvat i on Army will come to pick them up. Cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, steel cans: Take them to your normal recycling area, and sort them please. If the bins are full, the student recycling crew will get to them soon. Try to keep things as organized as possible. The vol ume of recyclables is overwhelming during move out (where have you been keeping all this stuff?). Couches: Salvation Army is in terested in useful couches (heck, maybe you can buy it back in the fall). You can tell a couch that still has life in it from one that needs to be terminated. Do not throw useful sac minutes 5.5.99 Members in attendance: Danielle Babski, Robert Scopel, Jen Yang, Cathy Heath (proxy for Julia Skapik:). All votes are unanimous and none i nclude the vote of SAC chair Danielle Babski. Michael Shannon (RA selection Committe) requested $20 reimburseRtent. Allocated $20. Michael Shannon (Dance tutorial) requested $20 for food and 200 copies. Allocated $20 and 200 copies ($20). Total Requested: $60 Total Allocated: $60 couches off balconies ... this makes them un-useful. Watch for further instructions on where couches are to migrate. Potted Plants: Leave then with friends who'll be staying over the summer. If you have no such friends, email Jono Miller at jon mille@virtu .... to discuss if he will tend them over the summer. The Four Winds Cafe is having special end of the semester deals. Coffee and Espresso for only $0.50, Depth Charge for only $1, and Crackoccino for only $2.50. Mmm ... go eat there and preserve an up-and-coming New College tradi tion. Absurdity knocks on the door of reason. Chickens fly by the moon. Ignomace is bliss, but does not ex cuse talking about circles in the air. Good night. wall previews 5.14 sara stein 5.15 sara foley 5.21 graduation pep (paul cro we) CAREER CENTER 1999-2000 Rhea Marsh & Dorothy Lockhart Smith Winter Park History $3000 Research Grant: Educational professors and students, historians and other re searchers with a serious interest in history are invited to apply. The grant is to promote research on some aspect of Winter Par k e it her hist o ri c al o r curren t in nat u re s uch as b iogr aphical study of e a rly Winter Park settlers or the history of a Winter Park business or com munity group. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an informational workshop on the grant application process on Thursday, June 3 from 7:30 8:30 PM at the Winter Park Public Library. Deadline for proposals i s June 15, 1999. Medical School Admission Requirements, 2000-2001: now available in the Career Library, which gives comprehensive admis sion information on every accredited U S a nd Canadian Medical School The British Marshall Scholarships: Offers top quality US students the opportunity to study, with full funding, at any British university for at least two years. Student can earn either a British undergraduate or graduate degree. Candidates must be US citizens; apply within two years of g r aduating from u nder graduate college or uni vers i t y ; have at least 3.7 GPA; and take award within three years of graduating from col lege in the US. Application fonns are available on-line at: www acu.ac .u k/ marshall.index.htl application deadline: October 12, 1 999 General infor m at i on o n studying in the UK, incl u ding li nks to all the UK universities, is available on the Brit i sh Council web site: www..britishcouncil usa org. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: Looking for leade r s who can give evidence of creat i vi ty, accomplish ment, and commitment to the US Constitution; and f or whom gradu ate education is relevant to their long-term career go a ls. Any acad emic discipline or professional field, up to two y e ar s $20,000 an nually in maintenanc e any accredited university in the U.S. Eligibility: sen i or i n a bachelor s program; no more than two years already in a gradua t e program; not more than 30 years of age; status as a New American : holder of a green card, naturalized citizen, child of two naturalized citizen parents. For more details and an application, see www.pdsoros.org. Application deadline: November 30, 1999. for more info, stop by the career center, PME 119