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Features The Haunting of Old Caples -page 4 Halloween PCP, Jluppet Parade -page 5 Opinion Letter to The Editor: Cloth.esli ,e Sports Column: Bones ready for playoffs -page 7 Volume X. Issue 8 Maybe innocent. .. maybe sweet ... ain't half as nice as rotting meat! November 3, 1999 Disability New lounge brings glory to first court access sparse on campus by Kathryn Dow cw College is the ideal school for Amber DiPietra. A third-year literature major, she loves the slu dents, faculty, and staff. Like most other New College students, she came here for the freedom--in her case, from required math cia sesthat the school offers. When speaking about her experiences here, she stressed how much she loves ew College. But it's not a perfect place. It's not always exceptionally easy for her to get around our campu especially in the more hi toric areas and buildings. ew College, while a small and wonder ful mecca to so many, is not exactly up to modern standards for di abil-i t y lcce s. Ju t ask drey North When ottb tnnsfene4 w CoHege from Florida State nivedty (FSU), she was some what disillusioned by the primitive attitude 1oward disability assistance. However, she fell in love with New College's unique environment. "T love it," she proclaimed, "I really like the atmosphere, the environ ment... I really like the learning style, and the students are all great, interested in furthering their educa tion. I think if it wasn't such a progressive environment on that stance, it wouldn't be allowed to be so almost medieval in its structure." She minces her words somewhat obviou ly, curtailing her anger as she elaborates on the prob lems she faces daily on the New College campus. orth had a Triple Arthrodesis in her left ankle and foot which, in translation, means the bones are fused together. Consequcnlly, she typically gets around in a motorized wheelchair, which she jokingly refers to a a "deathcart." Driving down Bayshore Road, the nickname may be disturbingly apt. North lamented the lack of bicycle or wheelchair lanes on Bay bore, say:BB "ACCESS" ON PAGE 4 The temporary lounge will be more restricted than other lounges. by Max Campbell Residents of Pci dorm's first court need no longer. uf fer from pangs of lounge-envy when they regard their fellow Novo Collegians. For this year at lea. t, they now have a lounge of their own. The newly designated first lounge can be found in Pei room 141 (a former staff office/apartment), where it will be sharing space with the Gender Collective. The lounge's grand opening, which was held at nine o'clock sharp on Halloween night, featured free spaghetti and a fine selection of horror movies. The opening marked a great day for fir t court residents as a whole. In the words of fir t court RA Maggie Ray, "I feel that it's going to make first court feel a little more like a community." The creation of their own lounge is a project which first court's RAs, fourth-year Eric Kolb and third-year Maggie Ray, had long been discussing with the ew College administration. "It's something that Tim and I wanted to do," Campus Director of Student Affairs Mark Blawei s said, referring to former Assistant Director of Student Affairs Tim Richardson. "I don't know if Tim agreed or not before he left, but I think they got the sense iliat he d i d. I h ave no problem with it at least for tbi cu pture a year." "No one was living in it this year, and !thought, 'why not?'" Kolb explained, 'I asked about it, and Tim Richardson thought it was a' fine idea. I had a meeting with him before he left, and he gave us very clear autho rization." According to Ray, the lounge "wasn't that difficult to get. The housing office was pretty generous to us." When asked about the lounge sharing space with the Gender Studies Collective, Kolb expressed both surprise and enthusiasm: ''I didn't know about that, but that's wonderful. I'm really excited ab o ut jsEE "LOUNGE:" ON PAGE 3 e Fry felt that students were abusing the tool room and ended the tutorial. by Michael Sanderson On October 16, the 10 members of the "Advanced Sculpture Tutorial: New Cooperations" received an e mail message from its sponsor, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Leslie Fry, informing them she had cancelled the tutorial, and asking them "to pick up any work or be longings during my office hours... as the lock combinations have been changed." Fry, a new professor to New College and overseer of the sculpture studio, later stated she had reached "the snapping point" of tol erance for a group of students continually "dbrt.:specting (the studio J space,'' and that her action was part of a larger attempt-tu build < three-dimensional arts program at New College. A picture of the scultpure stud;o before I his year, given to the Catalyst by Professor h)'. tudcnts remain apset and confused over the tutotial cancellation. They were left feeling confused and injured by what they viewed a an abrupt action. Sculpture Studio leaching Assistant Kelly Goff said, "None of us have gotten a clear answer to why the tutorial was can celed.... We were all reaJJy taken aback by it, its abruptness." Several students were forced to renegotiate their contracts, entering other second module classes such s Environmental Art, in order to meet certification criteria. hy left open the possibility, however, that she w uld, with "no promises." review the work of Hughes and another unnamed student for possible full term credit. Disagrcemcnb over the manner in which the tutorial would be conductec.l arose from the start. Sponsored by Fry, the :tudents were to manage the tutorial themselves and meet with her once a week. She outlined her two ex pectations in an memorandum distributed at the group's second meeting: 'to create one compelling work that could not have been created without the help of the group, and tQ maintain }1 sense of respect towards the space, tools, and other student's projects in the sculpture studio." In an e-mail to tutorial students on September 27, she further :-.tated her thoughts on the tutorial group, writing "I was reluctant to take on thi, tutorial. My im pression was a group of students who wanted to do some fun things in the sculpture building that has become their clubhou e." While all ISEE "SCULPTURE" ON PAGE 6


2 The Catalyst News November 3, 1999 Professor Bauer wants to know how animals perceive the world Dolphins and Manatees were disscussed at the second lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series. by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. Precious few of the New College professors can claim to have published papers on as wide a range of topics as Professor of Psychology Gordon Bauer, whose body of work includes stud ies on corporal punishment, breast feeding, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The eminent Dr. Bauer further demonstrated his remarkably versa tile repertoire last Wednesday, October 27, when he presented his research and insights on dolphin imitation and the eyesight of manatees. The pre sentation, titled "Manatees and Dolphins: Vision and Learning", was the second in the newly in stated faculty lecture series. Bauer previously had no intentions of lecturing on this topic, but he quickly accomadated the de sires of Professor Malena Carrasco, the coordinator of the lecture series, when she re quested that he offer a presentation to follow the lecture on Kant by Professor "Mike" Michalson. Michalson introduced and presented a brief bio graphical sketch of Professor Bauer, as aJI lecturing professors will do for their respective following acts in the series. Bauer holds degrees from George Washington University, Bucknell University, and the University of Hawaii. He has worked with the Peace Corps in El Salvador, and is also, as it hap pens, an expert on counseling, behaviour and learning problems. Essentially, he has an ideal skill set f o r w orki n g in a s m all li b eral arts college. Here at New College, Dr. Bauer is a of Division. Dr. Bauer is also an expert on marine mammals, although he told the Catalyst that his greatest regret is not studying shrimp Of lobster. He has spent many years working with and sup porting the Mote Marine Laboratory of Sarasota, where many New College students serve as vol unteers for the dolphin and manatee programs discussed in Dr. Bauer's lecture. One of these stu dents, Wendi Feiner, assisted Bauer in preparing and giving the presentation. Again t an aural backdrop of innumerable catalyst General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Online Editors Nikki Kostyun and David Saunders Layout Editor Photography Michael Jones Heather Whitmore Staff Writers Max Campcll, Kathryn Dow, Darren Guild, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Michael Sanderson, and Mario Rodriguez Contributors Professor Richard Coe and Sarah Himmelhcber cookies being chewed quietly, Bauer described the most essential goal of his lecture: to provide in sight on the ways in which animals perceive the world. With this under tood, he immediately Pr.lf Rose WW\1l. fm ri. usf. ed11 research suggests that manatees have very poor vision. launched into a slide show starring Hugh and Buffett two manatees currently r esi ding i n -the acious poo e ote a e quariu They were the subjects of a battery of studie s that were conducted in an effort to gauge the visual acuity of manatees. Bauer described the muscles which surround manatees' eyes, theoretically in order to compress and stretch the eye as necessary to compensate for the weak lenses of the manatee eyeball. He then went on to relate the methodol ogy of the testing, which involves presenting the manatee subjects with a choice between two black and white striped squares. The objective was to indicate which square had sharper contrast between lines by bumping their snouts into it. The crowd marveled as Bauer demonstrated, via his deva tatingly accurate Ia er pointet, the clever manner in which a pair of manatees are apt to cheat on such visual tests. Despite such shenani gans, however, Bauer and his Mote Marine team were able to acquire an impressively colorful graph of results which very clearly indicated that manatees may need corrective eye wear if they ever intend to drive on Florida highways. Bauer then went on to describe the capacity of dolphins to physically or vocally imitate whatever catches their attention: other dolphins, humans, random animals, and even inanimate objecl-; or computer-generated bloops and beeps. The audi ence was presented with a series of sonographic comparisons, indicating that dolphins are able to match the frequencies and waveforms of sounds played for them with uncanny accuracy. A French film clip was shown to demonstrate that dolphins are capable of imitating each other's tricks at a moment's notice. This clip came from Professor of Psychology Heidi Harley's work at the Millennium Exhibit of the French Museum of Natural History. While such behaviour in cetaceans is not in itself resolutely indicative of any sort of capacity for conscious and active thought, it is certainly a strong indication that dol phins may have more behind their melons than just a wad of stuffing. Imitation was described as an activity indicative of behavioural flex and the accumulation of knowledge tcaits .4'Miilili.-'2.-.:.U e or er Bauer took several questions from the profes sors in the audience, before exiting stage leftto a rousing round of applause. The lecture was very well-received by the students in attendance. First year student Julia Orth had this to say: "I always enjoy hearing about the work that our faculty members do, and Professor Bauer's lecture was particularly entertaining. It was inspiring to hear about research worked on in part by New College students, and the information on vocal imitation by dolphins was intriguing." The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst/ The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It i developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student AJliance. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sara ota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar. usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. 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3 The Catalyst News New Urbanist reveals the first draft of Oran 1999 Ecology and style were cons1dered, but the issue of local integration was not by Heather Whitmore the preservation of standing orange trees an important feature of Although all the foliage cannot be saved, Duany plan. to retam the memory of these trees by keeping many of each have drawn a, "mixed bag," of landscape integration, tree plantatJOn, and. nece.ssary removal. Duany mentioned that it would be nice t? have yroducmg Citrus and almond trees at the site. Some landscape addi tions Will be made, such as countless palm trees to line Orangewood's main entrance. a week of Four Winds Cafe coffee and design-table drama New Urbamst Andres Duany revealed Orangewood's first full draft last afternoon in the College Hall music room. Orangewood's de .mcludes a resort convention center, and multi-story apartments w1thm a walkable professiOnal community. Duany and other members of the team focu.sed on the community's potential ecological impact and a plan. However, the development's effect on surroundmg neighborhoods and businesses is a point of concern for students. Designers hope to complete The oasis image that a lined entrance like this might Orangewood approximately seven to ten years. create evokes the type of class-integration concerns that To an audience of roughly 50 attentive engineers some College students have over Orangewood' and photographers, Duany explained the constructwn; the designers' perspective, of Orangewood as "a neighborhood that ?rangewood s proxtmtty to Newtown is not a pressing ?ow through, not just live in." This vision is re} Issue. At Wednesday's meeting, Duany recognized ahzed many aspects of Orangewood's design. A that the has not incorporated input convention center broken into five pavilions is the from local residents wtthin the critical mile radius of heart of the urban structure. To accommodate the ex?rangewood. He hoped that local residents would J. oin d th travelers to the area, several inn-like hotels will : 10 e new community sense that Orangewood should hne the main street. Duany also hopes that '1 crea.te. To this point he remarked, "I don't mean to dewill have a railway station, although that mohsh these people, just to incorporate them into the 1s not deflmte at this point. rural edge." As he ran his fingers along detailed sketches, Ma_ny feel t_hat the new development will bring eco-Duany pomted out the numerous spots planned for Andres Duany dLsplays a conceptual drawing nomic beneftts to Newtown. Associate Professor of bu.ildings, which will range from three to of Orangewood last Wenesday. Science Keith Fitzgerald agrees with this nofive stones htgh: The majority of the buildings within the town center will ;,IOn: "I can't see any kind of impact on Newtown for commercial use. The general style of these storefronts will be remi-except positive one. Orangewood might make a positive impact on the nascent of downtown Ybor City in Tampa. In keeping with nco-traditional flow and culture of Newtown. However, Newtown's sensitive loefforts to create a sense of community, Duany refused to add parking lots or betwe.en Orangewood and downtown Sarasota places its residents at garages to streets. He declared, "a parking garage is the end tf drives up property values and rent rates. tt seems hke they are pretending not to know about the consequences, 1:eal of the Tbts des1gn helps to cut out over congestion and contribute to For a destgn group who has done this sort of deve\opment before The most design's overall integration into the site's natural landscape. wet landscape brought many planning conundrums for the developers, as was evidenced by the music room's hectic clutter of drafts and trash. Due to the land's waterways and woodlands, the design team created a community that will maintain, "a constant relationship of water and buildings." Duany par alleled Orangewood's urban order to European villages, remarking that its network of bridges should be "like that of Holland." growth in Newtown. Yet, be recognized Orangewood's potential conse quences for the JocaJ area: "If's going to start to bave an impact on property values." The next step in bringing Orangewood to reality will involve a string of permits and contacts with the surrounding area. As of yet, individuals rep resenting area communities have not attended, or been made aware of, the As an active member of the charrette, landowner Jean Charolotte made The lounge will also share space with the Gender Collective charrette proceedings. !FROM {'LOUNGE" ON PAGE 1 I it. love the Gender Studies Collective." "That's great," Ray agreed. "Bring it on." New College Professor Amy Reid was also pleased with the idea of the Gender Studies Collective's new location. "The big advantage of moving to Pei is that we won't have to run back and forth to get the key," she said. "Also, fewer people want to come to Viking at night." Reid and Kolb agreed that the move to Pei would benefit everyone by making the Gender Studies CoJlective more accessible to students. "I've tried to go there from time to time," Kolb said, "but I couldn't do much because it was in Viking. They have a lot of great books and stuff there." Reid expressed the hope that stu dents would be drawn to the Collective's new, more accessible location, and become aware of the many available resources there: "It will be a place where if they want to do a project related to gender, they'll have a lot of information there." As to sharing the area with the first court lounge, Reid recalled that students concerned with the Gender Studies Collective or the proposed diversity center, "wanted somewhere that they could shut the door and have private conversations," but added that "that doesn't mean that you can't have a space with both a lounge and an area for gender studies or diversity." She continued by noting that "there's a bunch of plans to create more spaces for students to gather and hang out, and I think that's a good thing." Sunday's grand opening was enthusiastically received-the attending stu dents were numerous, the spaghetti sauce was zesty, and the lounge itself was much admired. "It's better than Cats," first-year Raj Ghoshal said of the event. "I'll come here again and again." Fourth-year Jessica Willis also found the lounge appea1ing: "It's so nice. I love the kitchen. It reminds me of a hostel." "I think it's a nice thing for the students of first court," Fourth-year Adrian Southerd declared, "They've al ways been excluded from having a lounge. Now they need to spruce it up a little, and add some New College cool." Kolb expressed high hopes for the lounge over the course of the year. "People didn't use to hang out in first court. .. you'd see people in their rooms, but there wasn't much sense of a first court community," he said. "I think it'll be fantastic, especially with the Gender Studies Collective here-even people who don't live here will be coming by." Of course, as the lounge is a temporary affair, it will have to be kept in a slightly different manner from the other lounges around campus. "Not to be conceited," Kolb said, "But this lounge is much nicer than the others. There will have to be stricter rules than for the others, because this may be a staff apartment again. Basically what it's about is keeping the place neat and clean." According to Blaweiss, there will be a general reorganization of the empty spaces on campus once a new Director of Residence Life and Food Service is hired to replace Richardson. "There are some ideas floating around, but nothing really formulated," he explained, "We'll be working with the NCSA, but it's all just brainstorming at this point." Blaweiss added that, "I think, for this year, the students need that lounge. The Gender Studies Collective will fit in there nicely as well, and it will be good."


4 The Catalyst News November 3, 1999 Ghost stories continue to swirl around the Old Caples house Over the years, persistent rumors of the Old Caples ghost have dogged faculty and students. by Michael Jones knowledge ... when the whole building was either ESP or public space, Jots It's that time of yoor again, when a young man's thoughts turn to the dark of students would end up working at Caples late at night. At that time Caples shadows, wondering if the footsteps he hears behind him are real or just a fig-seemed more distant and there was more dark driveway to negotiate. Once ment of an overactive imagination. Yes, with r--__,...,..--::,----:------=----=---=-------, there, students tended to hole up for the night, rather Halloween, Samhain, All Hallows Eve, and All 11 If you had to deal with a than walk back to dorms at 3 a.m. Security was more Saints day behind Novo Collegians, the part of the a matter of personal responsibility in those day so year most closely associated with the supernatural bunch of drunk hippies students would lock themselves in. The first thing (at least in place that actually have sea ons) is here. they noticed was the sometimes eerie cranking of the Even New College has its fair share of ghost stories, l f d weathervane that would send variations of that armyths, and legends. Every year, each incoming gotng an< < fUlllffilng an chetypal squeaky door noise throughout the New College cia is inundated with tales of superbuilding. Some couldn't take that, but it was pernatural occurrences on campus. The vast majority of looking for would.n 1 t fectly understandable ... unlike the music some these stories center around Old Caples, that mystericlaimed they heard in the downstairs parlor. Other ous old house that is often the target of students you get pissed off?" students swore they heard people walking on any of looking for an otherworldly experience. the three staircases, even though they knew they So, is Old Caples haunted? At the very least, --James Sheridan were alone and safely locked in. There was never many students agree that there's something strange any problem or negativity --no one reported feeling about it: "The place ha a lot of negative energy," rethreatened, but it did lend a certain cachet to thesis work." marked fourth-year James Sheridan. Second-year Cierdwyn Lucker agreed, adding that the building "used to be the old servants quarters." They both agreed there was 'something' there, but as to what, neither would respond. Associate Professor of Religion Gordon "Mike" Michalson and Professor of Classics John Moore both have offices located at Old Caples. Michalson was unaware of the rumors surrounding the hauntings, and commented "this explains a lot" when it was brougt to his attention. As to what it is, and what it wants, no one can say. If there is something supernatural lurking around that part of campus, what should students do? Lucker emphasized the importance of respectfulness, "If you go there for clas es, go about your daily business and be respectful, don't expect to see anything because you probably won't. lf you do, be respectful." Moore had quite a bit more to say: "Ob yes ... thought that was common Sheridan added, "If you had to deal with a bunch of drunk hippies going and drumming and looking for you, wouldn't you get pissed off?" Limited access makes getting to some class e s problematic \FROM "ACCES S O N PAGE 1 \ i ng "They ,_ _____________ .........,_don't hav e bike Janes or anything to go down to Caples, and you have to take a wheelchair down Bayshore-and [a wheelchair] is not a skinny thing!" Adding to the likelihood of getting run over by passing motorists is another obstacle. "They don't have sidewalks everywhere," she commented, "and a lot of places are just mud!" Bayshore Road is not the only difficulty dis abled New College and UP students encounter around campus. The upstairs sections of the Palmer buildings, including B-dorm, are pretty much off limits. The Social Sciences building is not accessible, and nearly all the historical build ings are completely inaccessible. DiPietra, who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, noted that any class held upstairs in College Hall would have to be moved for her. While professors and staff are very accommodating for the most part, dealing with these issues is nobody's job. DiPietra talked about the process she has to go through at the beginning of the semester to move her classes. If a class is offered somewhere that she can't access, she has to call the profe sor and ask that the class be moved. Because of the way New College stu dents determine their classes, the first week can be rather problematic. "Most professors have been willing to help me, but you don't' know until you're ready to take the cJass, and it's a big pain. Not only are you trying to get into classes, but I have to call up each one of my professors and be this supplicant...first of all, you don't know if you're going to be able to get into their class, because they have the whole thing where you have to fill out the little index card, so you're setting up this very hypothetical and awkward situation." She added that she usually misses the first day of classes. Then there's the process of actually mov-i ng the class. It 's nobody' s job, re a lly." e laborated D i e e re's o a e w a with that here. So, sometimes Nedra [Hartley J in Humanities helps me, she's put up signs saying 'This class has been moved,' which isn't her job-she's the Humanities secretary. 11 In most schools, it is somebody's job. North, who transferred from FSU, knows firsthand. "This school could really benefit from a liaison between people who have disabilities and the pro fessors, or the people who arrange classes. At other schools, they have specific people assigned to the people with disabilities who go to your classes for you if you can't go, and are there to help you, or try to help you." She feels that if the American Disability Association actually investi gated New College, there might be trouble. New College gets away with being inaccessible, she theorizes, because it's such a small school, and people are so helpful. Tom Barnard, housing coordinator, feels that the dorm situation is at least decent. "Well, it's hard for me to speak about the entire campus, but I think that disability access in the dorms is preUy good. The Pei dorms have a number of handi capped rooms with ramps to the doors ... Dort and Goldstein have elevators, and there are handi capped rooms in Dort and Goldstein. B-Dorrn doesn't have very good access as far as the second floor goes, nor does Viking. 11 He added that the second floors of Pei, Viking, and B-Dorm are "kind-of off-limits" to disabled students, but "other than that" he feels the dorm situation is quite good. It seems that DiPietra agrees with this assessment. She's very happy with her room in Dort. In fact, she said she misses it when she goes home, because the kitchen is so much more accessible to her than a normal house kitchen. However, Dipietra does have one minor complaint "an handicapped-accessible rooms on the third flo6r, the elevator would always be working welL But it is not, and it has broken many times." DiPietra finds it odd that there's not more awareness of disability rights on this campus. "With the whole activism thing, that's kind of a practical thing that I'm surprised people haven't realized, because people are so aware of different rights on this campus. But in a way, I'm kind of glad of it, because I don't want to [be their poster child). I don't want people to go around thinking about my needs all the time. That's kind of ridicu lous." The campus does seem to slowly be improving. Tami McNally, who works in the Student Affairs office, L currently working with Tampa to identify what the weaknesses are, and what needs to be done. Also, despite some of the archaic buildings down by the bay, the newer facilities are very "state of the art" as Mark Blaweiss, the Director of Student Affairs, put it. "I think [dis ability accommodation] is something that needs to be a higher priority," he commented. "I think there are areas of the campus that are ahead of the times, and areas that are behind the times, and we need to find a level ground across campus." DiPietra seems fairly content with New College as it is. "I wouldn't want the world to be built on one level plain!" she said, laughing. She and North both seem happy that headway is being made. "It seems like they're working to improve things. They're doing what they can with limited resources." North conceded. For now, it seems, gradual improvement is at least a step in the right direc;tion.


s The catalvst Entertainment Halloween PCP: How to get pie on your velvet cape November 3, 1999 God made PCPs to test the faithful. Can Mario Rodriguez really be the devil? by David Saunders 7:45 am Sunday morning. It was a grim picture in Palm Court. It be came difficult to tell who was still a functioning human being behind those left over smiles. It was as if the Carnival of Death had come a full album A rough estimate of attendance by the campus police sized the crowd between 800-900 at its peak, making this PCP one of the largest PCP (ex cluding Graduation PCPs) in a few years. Seargent Gene O'Casio aid that there were large number of non-Novo Collegians, including, frighteningly early. The trees had faces and were bedding black kin like hung over snakes. Broken glass covered the side walk bordering Third Court. It looked like Beer Bottle lleJI. Sitting calmly, eating an orange, was fouth-year Cataly t reporter and PCP organizer Mario Rodriguez Was he the Devil, bringing all this destruction and chaos so calmly? Perhaps he 'as. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Rewind. 10:00 Saturday night. People were milling around in Palm court. It started out slowly at first but the momentum soon picked up. At 11:30, the first or ganized event, the pie-eating contest, got underway. Within moments, pump kin pie was flying in all directions, as a mass hy teria broke out over the contest It\ Sunday morning and Palm Court looks like a nuclear wast/and. Perhaps it really was the last PCP. .... enough, a distinct contingiency of high school student He also said that "for the size, it was relatively calm. There were no serious problems." Only a few attendees had to be escorted off campus, though the task was made much harder by the many possible entries to Palm Court. It seemed that most of the cam pus was divided when it came to the size of the PCP. Second-year Katie Helm said "I didn't feel threatened ... but it was a bit unnerving to ee so many unfamiliar faces." However, fourth-year Michael Shannon stated "Generally, I don't really like a lot of townies at PCPs, but for this one it seemed to work very well." Generally, it seemed that everyone had a good table, much to the dismay of those in a near proximity who were wearing $130 velvet cloaks. AJ1em. At midnight, the party officially started. Non-New CoJiege students came steadily in, being ID'd by the campus police. Those over 21 could pay five dollars in order to drink. time. My own dear mum said that it was a great party. Second-year Cataly t reporter Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. said "The elaborate costumes and lux urious excess were reminiscent of a Venetian carnival, but it lacked the air of ignoble debauchery." Thank you, Ryan. ppet parade takes giant scu pture project to College all The puppets where the creation o by Darren Guild At the end of Friday' parade, a giant-size fight broke oout. Actually, it was more of an amhush. Fortunately, inside the victim' head was only candy, and the victim itself wa only a giant pup pet, attacked by other giant puppets. The e huge pieces of art were the main focus of second-year Cody Hughes' sculpture project: The Giant Puppet Parade. Most of them were at least twice as tall as the lively crowd that followed them down Dort Drive, from the library to the bay, behind College Ilall. Their expressive faces were colored brightly, some glared, and some wore wide smiles stretching 3 or 4 feet. The main event was the pa rade and post-parade barbecue, play, and a puppet Viking funeral, all of which drew a huge crowd of more than one hundred ovo Collegian art, food, and fun enthusiasts. Following a red sports utility vehicle, the giant puppets marched, danced, and swayed, to rock music blaring from the car radio and the continual rhythmic beeping of the horn. The atmosphere was extremely festive. There were fire breathers, people dancing on top of the SUV, juggler be forehand, music, and lots of excited cheering and yelling. The sculpture tutorial, which Hughes partici pated in, requires each student to think up one big project, and then other member of the tutorial help in the project's creation. "I'm sick of sitting in the studio," Hughes said, "I wanted to do some thing that everybody could see and have fun with." While art was the main motivation for doing the project, Hughes pointed out that some of the puppets were more a spontaneou creation than anything with a deep artistic meaning. He started out with a specific plan for each one of the puppet., but "after a while I just put them to gether." A few of the puppets, made primarily out of One of the Giant Puppets on its way from the library to College l/all. cloth, papier mache, chicken wire, and bamboo, required three people to hold them up. "The big one" had to be supported by five. In order to keep the puppets upright, one per on attached a long pole that supported the puppet's heavy head to a harness around their waste. A sheet was draped over the person from the puppet's neck like a dress, and a hole wa cut out so that they could see. On three per on puppets, two other people controlled the arms, which were attached to the upper body by bamboo poles. Mo t of the larger one-per on puppets were top-heavy, causing them to sway from side to side. Occasionally, they bumped into overhanging trees, lampposts, and each other. There were a few close calls as the weight of the puppet came close to toppling the puppet-holder. The puppet were a widely diver e group; there were animal-like, human-like, and others, which might fit best in the 'abstract' category. One of them was a dragon with one person as its head and the other two or three people following behind the head under a sheet, con tituting the body. The dragon, resembling the dragon puppet used in Chinese celebratory parades, weaved around the parade and through the crowd. Another puppet had a face strongly resembling a Picasso painting. The large t puppet was a white and red one with a pyramid body and a gigantic head. Six people were required to hold it up and move it along. Hughes has worked all semester on the pup pet and he spent most of his time in the days before the parade working on the puppets--in the proces getting very little sleep. Although Hughes put an enormous amount of hi own time into the project, he was quick to point out that he didn't do everything by him elf. "I had a lot of help," he commented. It took a total of 26 people to carry all of the puppets down to the library. Most of the puppets were 8-14 feet high, and there were over ten of them. The project was funded in part by Hughes himself and in part by the SAC. The materials were either very cheap or free. "I'd get mo t of my materials from around, and I got some stuff from the free table," Hughe. explained.


6 The Catalvst News November 3 1999 Some sculpture students were forced to renigociate contracts IFROM "SCULPTURE" ON PAGE I J s 1 u de 0 t s were given the combination to the studio, conflict aro e over access to the tool room, a locked room containing virtually all the tools a student would need to work. Fry imposed a policy stating that students could have access to the room only when she or the studio TA were present, saying, "If the tool room is open all the time, the tools disap pear... If they kept that policy in place, they wouldn't have any tool to come in and use." Goff said that this policy was enforced, al though he disagreed with it. "My friends were calling me 'Studio Nazi,' because I was being re ally strict about it." He admitted that even then the materials were not secure. "Tools were just missing, I'm not sure how it happened but I think [the student in the studio] would be using it, and they forgot to check it out.. .. 1t was kind of an honor system, it has always been an honor sys tem." Second-year tutorial member Nester Gil called the checkout policy "limiting." He said not know ing what tools they'd need beforehand may be "childish," but "I think the adult thing to do would to be to deal with the door being open." Tutorial members pursued options such as hav ing a key checkout in the cop shop from a list, but Fry was unreceptive. Cody Hughes, a second-year with a probable concentration in fine arts, inter preted this as an insult to the students, saying "We th-' Immediately before fall br eak, Go ff, a lso a member of the advanced sculpture tutorial left a message for Fry informing her be was going out of town, and that he would leave the key to the stu dio tool room with Gil. Gil, the sculpture studio TA last semester, and someone who, Goff states, "[Fry] knew to be trustworthy," suggested he should speak to Fry before turning over the key. Goff decided against giving out the key and de parted for several days. Looking back, Goff said, "My only mistake was not calling her back and telling her." To Fry, this was "the straw that broke the camel's back." She viewed this as a "laissez-fa ire" culture, inherited from the visiting professor last year that retarded the growth of three-dimensional arts at New College. Fry fired Goff, declaring in a later email, "I no longer trust you with the key,'' and canceled the tutorial, sending out a group evaluation with a one module of satisfactory credit. The key-swapping merely marked the cul mination: "I was tired of people disrespecting this space, nobody would clean up after themselves. Even though I had this sign-out system in place, every tool I bought was disappearing." She changed the combination to the outside locks in order to preserve the security of the interior tool room. During the 1998-99 academic year, sculpture was overseen by visiting professor Bob Rustennier, a New College alum who had no pre vious teaching experience. Forth-year Fine Arts major Kate Leonard, who worked under both Rustermier and the longtime professor Jack Cartlidge, said "[Rustermter] knew what New College was like before he came here. That made his job from the beginning much easier." Everyone agrees that Rustermier considered stu dents trustworthy, and that with that trust, as Leonard said, "tools did leave the studio." Hughes believed the old policies were more in line with the creation of art, saying, "He didn't care about the money that was lost. He just wanted us to make stuff." Furthermore, Hughes found the entire environment, including the liberal policy concerning tools, condusive to artistic ac tivity. "Rustermier had the studio, not a disaster area, but it was messy. And it was so great be cause there was just stuff that you could grab and throw into a sculpture." "I was tired of people disrespecting this space, nobody would clean up after themselves. Even though I had this o was disappearing." --Professor Leslie Fry When Fry arrived in her permanent position, intending to build the three-dimensional arts pro gram, she found a studio in a state of chaos. Larger equipment such as kilns and power equipment were broken, and even basic tools such as hammers were in scant supply. "There was nothing, nothing here." Criticizing the policy of Rustermier, Fry said that "(he) had a very laissez-faire policy of the tool room being open 24 hours a day, and that's what this group is used to. But I get here and there are no tools. That's what happens when things are open all the time." Leonard agreed, saying, "He bought tons of tools second semester, and I was surprised to find that when I got back most all of them were gone." Fry doesn't blame Goff, or anyone, ad mitting ''I really can't say, I really don't know" what happened to the tools lost during the semester. "Kelly was supposed to be in charge of the tool room, but things were disappearing. I'm not saying it's the fault of mteresting work with a wide range of materials and possibilities, so I want facilities, I want tools. She mentioned Lynn Hall, an installation artist scheduled to come and put her work on the pond adjacent to the Caples Fine Arts compound, and who will need equipment to set up her art. "She's introduced new materials," Hughe contended, ''but all I want is the freedom to exper iment with basic materials. I don't want all these exotic materials and not have the freedom to u e them." Last Friday's puppet parade was originally Hughes' project for the tutorial. He said the can cellation was disappointing, "because people couldn't spare time for [art as] extracurricular ac tivitie Goff stated "others of us definitely want to finish up, because we've put a lot of time into it. n In conjunction with those efforts, Students re stricted from the studio are pushing forward with the concept of an "alternative art space." Goff ex plained, "It's for anybody, it doesn't matter if you're an art major, in any tutorial, anything. Anyone can use this space." The new studio will have a key checkout, from a list that anyone can get onto, and pursue donations of tools. The space has already been assigned and the key given by Barbara Berggren. The concept will be "the other side of 41," away from the existing art department. "We're going to try to get as much of that art out on campus as possible, and let people know its a ei g es ic e o con m e The conflict over t oo l room access b e tr ays a larger conflict between the bohemian conception of the artist and the attempts to fit art into an in stitutional setting. Leonard, who worked under the previous system and is currently working on her thesis under Fry, said "I guess its possible to get an art education under both systems, but what Leslie's doing makes sense to me." ,r>f':ft<1 Lido Fruit Salad $1.95 .11 k 1C>y K!IG G lli:'!tl.,ol Mllflda!lr M!lasch Y) Ct 1 S h e U'l _, Sausage Bi$CUit & Gravy $1.95 ,?I'Tle Cw.' 'V 'lb 1 1 tlt t:n 1 u 1 61,t.Vl J<,;lt' &Yllll Moa ;,.aAq Seram bled Egg Platter $3.20 him. It's not a good system yet, I just got here." To Fry, the issues transcend individual expenditures and involve long-term issues of ':'.vc frost .:rwbi cr OaGon, ':Y !WY.i"l' l M llll':ll'lfiV, S""Jhrr> a strong three-dimensional arts program, "I'm not a student. I'm planning on being here for a lot of years, so I want to do really 358UBS (7827)


by Sarah Himmelheber As of the organizers of the Clothesline Project, I to addre s t?e various attacks and misconcep to do wtth the project which have been cuculatmg on the College list serve for the past week. The Project is a visual display which addresses vtolence against women on both micro and level : The aspect of the project, the de of whtch the shirts convey, has become the pnmary talkmg point of the project. This is an im portant element of the project; however, this is not the project's only function. I c_an identify .with those who have sold the project short. m of Its large scale impacts. I had the same my first when I saw the display. 1 thought It sad and horn_ble that women on my campus had expenenced such thmgs. But I didn't know what it had do with Now l understand the Clothesline Project m a very .different way. In addition to it personal and therapeutic effects, the Clothesline Project truly serves as an outreach It tells the stories and experi ences of women m such a way as to demonstrate the pervasive nature of the e types of violence. In all the dif ferent circumstances and situations de cribed no matter what decisions these women did or did not :nake, they all abused or attacked. The effects of this type of commonly self-blame and guilt. Having a d1splay r.eaches out to women who may be cur rently quest10mng themselves and their choices may provide the the e women de erve that their is not their. Understanding how the project both participants and observers on various levels ts vttal to an accurate conception of the project. A') to the critici m that it is irresponsible of FMLA to di play such emotionally charged material in a public well, why join the crowd of those who pu h these under the rug? This type of violence is so largely Ignored both culturally and in the media that the intru sive nature the display becomes ab olutely necessary to draw maxtmum attention to the project. Maybe tho e who would have it pushed aside again should question themselves and their motivations, not those of the FMLA. Additiona\ly, the project is advertised all over campus, o those who need to avoid the project should have no trouble doing so. Finally, the Clothesline Project addresses violence again t women; it i not the only form of violence in the world or on this campus. If you feel that there are other important issues which need attention, you should create an action which speaks to your concerns. But do not label the Clothesline Project as ineffective becau e it does not address every form of violence which exists. The Clothesline Project addresses violence against women; a violence which i symptomatic of larger forms of oppre sian. Sports ones crank up for playoffs .1 I I HU.J U J by Professor ichard Coe Much has happened since my last report. The New College Bones finished the regular season by playing five games, winning four and lo ing one. The week be fore Fall Break, the Bones outlasted J.D. Outlaws for a 15 -10 victory, sparked by 3rd-year tudent Brian Turk's three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning. Good thing. The Outlaws cored 6 runs in the bottom of the 4th to make the game close. Profes or of Philosophy and Religion Doug Langston started the 5th inning with a single and third-year student Josh Grigsby followed with a towering double over the left fielder's head. Former student Ed Moore, now better known as a certain RA' fi ance, drove both runners home with a ingle to cement the win. The victory et the stage for the battle for first place against Quality Concrete and Pumping. Both teams en tered the game with only two lo ses. The two teams had played earlier in the season, with the Bones winning by one run. The tables were turned, however, the Bones lost 129. It was a well-played game, but we were only able to score in two innings, which wa not enough against the good-hitting of Quality Concrete. The loss seemed to put the Bones in a funk. The following Sunday they scratched out an uninspired 13-12 win over C & E Information Services, who entered the game with an unimpressive 3 9 record. In the proces -, the Bones set a dubious team record three trikeouts in a row. {This i slow pitch softball.) Highlights f the game were a double by Brian Turk and three hits by Psychology Profe. or Gordon Bauer. The regular season ended with a doubleheader the following week. The Bones won the first game against Wolfs Texaco, 24 -12. Key hits in the game were triples by 3rd-year student Phil Poekert and alumnae Andy Estes. e fina a e o to be one of the most exciting. Playing against last-place Terry's Drywall, the Bones took an early R-2 lead, sparked by Brian Turk's double. But Terry's rallied to tie the score in the 5th inning. The Bones came right back to score seven runs in the top of the sixth. Doug Langston had the key hit, starting the inning with a sin gle. After an out, Economics Profes or Rick Coe (that's me), 4th year student Mike Cosper, ex-Director of Student Affairs Mark Johnson, and Andy Estes all fol lowed with hits. After another out, clutch singles were delivered by Ed Moore, alums Etienne Pracht and Aaron Gubin, and Professor Bauer. Victory seemed as ured, but as a full harvest moon rose in the east, the Bone turned weird. A comedy of er rors in the bottom half of the inning allowed 5 run. to score, cutting the lead to 15 -13. After the Bones failed to score in the top of the 7th, Terry's closed the gap to 15 -14 in the bottom of the inning, and had the ba e loaded with two out But a spectacular diving catch by left fielder Aaron Gubin ended the threat, and the game. The Bone finished the regular sea on with an 11-3 record, good for second place in the 12-team Green league. Next up are the playoff Of our eleven victo ries, five were by one run, so the playoff promise to be a challenge. Thankfully, we drew a bye on Halloween weekend. For rea on that are perhaps be t left unex plored, the Bones historically have not played well on the Sunday after a Halloween PCP. The playoffs will take place on Sunday, November 7, at the 17th Street softball complex. The first game is at 4:30 on Field #4. If the Bones win, we will advance to the semifinals at 7:00. The championship game is scheduled for 9:30. Come on out and enjoy some good oftball. Bram Straker's Dracula is a best-selling porno flick. 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