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Features car81mob, Four Winds Cafe -page 5 Opinion Editorial: Classes are too Big, Theater at New College -page 7 Volume X Issue 1 Big Brother is Watching You September 8 1999 Housing Offers New Coordinator, Ethernet Ethernet cards will be available through housing by 1 ikki Kostyun Amidst constant con !ruction, road blocks g ardens being filled with shells, and new Mar riott workers, the New College Housing Department is contributing to the change and growth of New College. This year the depart ment introduces the much anticipated Ethernet, a computer networking system for the dormitories and a new Housing Coordinator, Tom Barnard. Barnard, a 1999 New College graduate and former Resident Advisor, took over duties this s ummer after the previous coordinator. Kevin Unrath, moved on to do graduate work at the University of Illinois. i ng on campus. Barnard s duties i nclude room assignments and changes, taking care of emer gency maintenance problems, of which NC and locks are the most important, and most other general housing concerns. In conjunction with Alena Scandura, Lindsey Dedow, and Mike Campbell, Barnard also carries the Professional Pager once a month as part of his position. Addi tionally, if any information needs to be attained from or distributed to those living in the dorms, Barnard has the RA's there to help him with the process. With the addition of the Goldstein dorms, Housing has found themselves with a sur plus of available Pei singles. "I heard that the position was open so I just went up to Kevin last y ear and inquired with him and that's pretty much all it took comments B a rnard, who was amon g the few others applya of New College, "We are handing out some Pei singles but how we distribute tho s e and which room s we give out as singles, t h a t 's all somet hi ng new that we are all tryi ng to work through," adds Barnard. If nothing else, Barnard is there if students are in need of other resources, "or just need someone to talk to." i ng fo r t he job. ta k es t h e reigns of the Housing Department. A a Pei RA his third year and a Viking RA the following year, Barnard was able to successLiterature last spring. Now his time is spent less on the works of Pynchon and Robbe-Grillet, and New Director of Student Affairs Assumes Post Mark Blaweiss has twenty years of student affairs experience by Max Campbell Mark Blaweiss, has worked in the field of student affairs for twenty years, at schools ranging from South Hampton College of Long Is land to the Atlanta College of Art, but as the newly appointed Director of Student Affairs at New College, Blaweiss believes he has found a unique opportunity for the future. When Blaweiss heard about the po sition, he recalled thinking that, "It was like someone had said, 'You can do what you want to do, with students you want to work with, in a place where you want to be."' Blaweiss graduated from the University of Virginia in 1978, and became the Director of Admissions and Orientation at South Hampton College one year later.'" In his time Blaweiss has been the Director of New Programs at the University of Rhode Island, and Dean of Fresh men at Drexler University of Philedelphia. He became the Dean of Students at Atlanta College after taking three years off to earn his doctorate. Now, five years later, Blaweiss has come to New College as the Di rector of Student Affairs: Blaweiss, a Floridian himself, describes New College's location as "great both culturally and geograph ically." B1aweiss, along with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, wanted to get away from the big city and move somewhere that he might stay and work "for the next fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years." "I have no doubt that the stu dents will keep me young and challenged," Blaweiss said, "I feel that I can be a part of the academic and cocurricular community." Blaweiss was attracted to New College by its reputation as an inno vative college for honors students, and by the fact that it was "more than New College." In the Sarasota Campus, containing both New College and the University Program, Blaweiss saw the opportunity to work with two unique student bodies. While visiting the campus, Blaweiss was impressed with the level of commitment that both sets of students brought to their educa tion, along with a sense of their own history. "I had expected to run into a turf war," Blaweiss recalled, "but I was impressed by the stu dent's willingness to coexist. As long as no one messed with their identity, they'd be very energetic ... the dynamics could lead to great partnerships on campus due to the two highly motivated student bod ies." As for synergy on campus, Hlaweiss readily declared that he "doesn't know what synergy is." He did say, however, that the old idea of the "melting pot" simply didn't work, because threatened the individual identities of the different academic bodies. If anything, Blawei s wanted the relationship between New College and Univer sity Program students to be like "a quilt, with each patch distinct; not taking away from each other but only adding to each other." Mark Blaweiss, Director of Student Affairs, doesn't "want to try to force interaction" between New College and UP students. Blaweiss's fir t priority is to convince the students that no one is trying to dilute or homogenize ei ther of the campus' academic programs. "I don't want to try to force in teraction that has no goal, only try jSEE ON PAvE 4.


2 The Catalyst Israel and Palestinians Near Agreement On Friday, September 3, Israeli military radio announced that the Palestinians and the Israeli government had come to an agreement regarding the release of political prisoners held in Israel, thus resolving one of the chief stum bling blocks of the amended Wye-River land-for-security agreement. The Palestinians accepted the release of 350 prisoners by the Is ] raelis, rather than the 400 they had originally Q. demanded. 8 u This issue had created a major impasse in the negotiations, as the Palestinians demanded the release of all political prisoners regardless of their crimes, while the Israeli government declared that it could not release Palestinians .c who bad killed Israelis in terror attacks as a matter of principle. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak bad threatened that if the deadlock continued, Israel would follow the original Wye-River agreement of last October to the letter, and use its own discretion regard ing which prisoners were released possibly releas ing criminals rather than political prisoners. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright acted as a mediator to help resolve the dead lock, speaking with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Alexandria, Egypt on Thursday and with Barak in Jerusalem on Friday She down played her own role in the ensuing agreement, saying that she acted only as a "facilitator." Reportedly, there was some last-minute tens ion o v e r a cla use fo rb iddi n g any uni l ateral actions on either side, by which Palestine would not declare its statehood until a perma nent peace agreement was signed, and Israel would not expand settlements in the Gaza strip. Nevertheless, Arafat declared that "We are on the way to an agreement on all with the Israeli side," and said that the agree ment would be signed on Saturday, September 4. Reno Says Waco Investigation WiD Soon be Made Attorney General Janet Reno, supported by ,Ciitalysf News the White House, has said that she wanted an independent investigation to be made into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of incen diary devices during the 1993 assault on the Branch Davidian cult compound. The attack at the compound near Waco, Texas, resulted in the deaths of about 80 people, including cult leader David Koresb. Although Reno had or dered the FBI not to use any incendiary devices in the compound, the FBI recently announced that it bad discovered evidence and video tapes which revealed that combustible military rounds were, in fact, used by FBI agents. The FBI has denied their u s e for the past six years. On Thursday, the FBI released a videotape made by its surveillance aircraft, in which a commander at the scene approved an FBI agent to fire military tear gas rounds at the bunker. The agency now admits that it fired at least two pyrotechnic tear gas canisters at the bunker about four hours before the fire began. Reno maintains that the devices did not start the actual fire: the facts indicate that "That fire was set by David Koresh and his people i n that building." Nevertheless, Reno said that she was trou bled by the recent revelations of the FBI's conduct of the assault, and the controversy that has arisen from it. She also questioned why the FBI took several days to inform the Justice Department about the tapes after they were discovered, saying that this "is a matter that the outside investigator should look at." Ex actly who will lead the independent probe into the FBI's con du ct ha s not yet been determined, but Reno declared that a leader will soon be appointed. Militias Run Amok in East Timor Days after Monday's peaceful referendum on the issue of East Timor's possible indepen dence from Indonesia, proIndonesian militia men poured into towns and villages, forcing dozens of U.N. staff workers to evacuate their positions. The U.N. mission declared itself defenceless in the face of the inability of In donesian defence forces to maintain order-as American U.N. worker David Peace put it, September 8, 1999 "Indonesian police are doing nothing to stop the violence." Peace himself was evacuated from the town of Maliana, East Timor due to militia activity. According to U.N. spokesman David Wimhurst, at least four local U.N. staff mem bers had been killed and six more were missing since Monday's referendum. Witnesses said that more than a dozen East Timorese have died in the fighting this week, and thou sands more have been forced to flee their homes Dozens of homes were burned in the towns o f Malian a and Liquica. Shooting be tween proand anti-independence fighters was also reported in the streets of Dili, the territor ial capital. U.N. Spokesman David Wimhurst declared that It is very clear that the militia are in control. The defense minister, General Wiranto, said that 1 ,400 more soldiers would be sent to the region, and the Indonesian police promised to send in 400 more specially trained officers over the weekend in an effort to end the tur moil. Indonesia has indicated that it might allow a multinational security force into East Timor, and there bas been increasing pressure on the United Nations to take action. However, the U.N. Security Council does not appear to have the unanimous vote needed to authorize an armed peacekeeping force. The Indonesian military and several foreign governments were finalizing plans for a possible evacuation of a quarter-million East Timorese if the violence escalates further. Due to the high voter turnout at Monday's referendum, many speculate that the territory voted for independence. The votes will be offi cially counted the weekend of the 4th of September, Gen. Wiranto announced, rather than in the several weeks that the Indonesian government had originaJiy planned for. Information compiled from The New York Times and the Associated Press. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Online Editors Nikki Kostyun and David Saunders Layout EdJtor Michael Jones Photography Heather Whitmore The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Of fice using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Braden ton Herald with money provided by the New College Student Alliance. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submissions should be labelled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may be e-mailed to catalyst@virtu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Staff Writers Max Campell, Kathryn Dow, Darren Guild, Michael Sanderson, Mario Rodriguez Contributor Professor John McDiarmid -. -. J .. ,::JT'';l.:l Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usf.edf!. The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or le.. .. :. ;; "!' ,':I .: .. : .. :'. ... .. L "ll1 All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Saturday in order to appear in the following week's issue. I If '.


3 The catalyst News New Light Shed Upon The Hermetic Order RA. s want to keep their doors open to students third court also commented on the deity like benefits of being an R.A. "I am the Mecca for toilet paper, and I got the mad vacuum and broom hook up." Beyond being the high-priestess of domestic goods, Turner keeps her door open to her fellow students. '0 I have a single that if anyone ever has anything they need to talk. about, they have the security of my confidentiality. Roommate stuff, per problems, academic concerns, soc1al worries, emergenciesI'm there forit." All of the R.A.'s share a desire to :11 be there for the students over which R!-. :S off their once again, From Left to they hold their sovereignty. Rzght, Top .. Ellen Wolfg_ang; Middle : Julra Skapik, Sara Himmel he-Fame, fortune, awesome power, ber, .Maggze Ray, Patrzck Vietri; Bottom: Eric Kolb, Kim Gropper, and your very own single room ... the Ketth Bentele, Keith. Phil Poekert, Chuck Ferrin, Mike power of The Hermetic Order of Rho t Palmzerz; Prostrate: Jessica Turner Alpha are many. At least one R.A. is always on duty, and can be beeped at 951-9824. rigorous application process. Along with a stan dard application, prospective R.A.'s have an interview with the Student R.A. Selection Committee as well as with Lindsey Dedow, who supervises and organizes the R.A.'s on campus. The rewards of this esteemed position are room, ing costs. Eric Kolb, a fourth year R.A. in Pei 's first court, pointed out that R.A. 's also get,"free local phone calls, condoms, and toilet paper," Kolb said that along with these incredible advantages, he "Wanted people to fear my awe some power." Jessica Turner a fourth year R.A. in Pei's ..... .. RA. Keith Bentele councils second year Jan Van derwalker. NORD Proposal Announced at Town Meeting The NORD Proposal would create a third academic body on campus by Mario Rodriguez The first town meeting of the year moved swiftly at first. People had little to say regarding new positions and appointments, elections and amendments. However, when the possibility of a new constituency on campus arose, the dis cussion went into slow-motion. "We're going to try and make these meetings interesting, but at least brief and informative." New College Student Alliance Vice President Deborah Herbstman wanted to keep the Town Meeting rolling last Wednesday. Herbstman kicked off the agenda with the introduction of candidates for first year SAC positions and sev eral presidential appointments, to be approved by a quorum, including Michael Shannon to the new position of historian. Herbstman expressed an interest in appointing a Council of Student Affairs members to the Alumni Association, as well as officializing the position of Secretary, now held by Gene Cas sidy. The next proposal also dealt with Executive authority, proposing veto power for the NCSA president. Currently the president is the only member of student government who can sign off on SAC decisions. Another amendment on the ballot last week sought to officially recognise this Executive check. SAC Chair Daniel Babski said the SAC bad no qualms about the amend ment. Rob Cooksey, Vice President for student activities stood up to the mike. NORD, Cooksey explained, is an American culture and language program, currently consisting of 15 international students, which meets at New College over the summer, and now want to stay here year round .. Cooksey explained, "There was almost a contract signed on it without it being put to {the student body)." However, NCSApresident Rachel Morris stepped into negotiations and the New College students received an extension until the end of last week to raise objections. NORD says all students would be between 17 and 22, and would be housed in Viking, fed through Marriott. There are also plans to increase the number of NORD students to between 50 and 100 students within the year. That might mean NORD students would occupy all of Viking. The contract, said Cooksey, is to provide for two years, renewable on a yearly basis "There have been a lot of pros and cons that have been bantered back and forth. Some people thought it would be nice to have a group of international students here to talk. to, especially some who are Poly Sci interested," said Cooksey. He pointed out that funds from NORD may be channelled into housing, which does not receive funding from the state government, to revamp Pei and pay for Dort and Goldstein. The actual figure remains unofficial, but it could be on the order of $400,000.00. The town meeting passed a motion stating the student body would not sign until the students have seen the contract and there has been further discussion with the administration to clear up certain issues. Concerns about NORD raised by the town meeting co.


4 The Catalyst News September 8, 1999 NCSA Urges Incoming Students to Get Involved The NCSA Student Forum gave a comic introduction about student government by Michael Sanderson New Students received a dra matic introduction to the New College Student Alliance at the NCSA Luncheon Forum, as the offi cers mixed history, humor, and food to incite students to participate in the student government, and to warn them of the encroachment of the University of South Florida into New College's operation. The event took place in Sudakoff event offered free Pizza Hut pizza, served buffet style. After a brief introduction of the officers, fourth years Gene Cassidy and Patrick Vietri entered dres ed in formal wear. Cassidy wore a tuxedo, Vietri a full-length evening gown, complete with makeup and a shoulder length straight blond wig. Entering arm-in-arm from the main entrance, the two walked down the center aisle and onto the stage as a "you'll have to tell me about it." The humor, much of which con sisted of vague and suggestive references to the past of the couple, elicited considerable laughter from the crowd of about 100 students. Soon after, the two burst into a brief song; later in the act, Cassidy ripped off Vietri's wig, exclaiming, "she's a he!" on Friday, August 20, the fourth day of gen eral orientation, beginning only slightly after the scheduled The need to continually assert the authority of the studettt organizatio ns was the theme of the event. loving couple. The humor element was gradu ally phased out, as the subject matter of their how turned from their history of the college. The two, Still in his Rat Pack persona, while introCassidy began to relate how some ducing "hep cats" from the Sarasota area themselves as wanted a local college for the kids, "Gene and and how papers were filed incorpo"Patrick," rating New College in 1960. He adopted per went on to relate how the first class sonae for a entered in 1964, and controlled their couple that own educational institution to an time of L-------------------':s ings profe unprecedented degree. Cassidy 12:30 in the afternoon The event consisted of comedic skits and in formal speeches given by officers from the student government, with free pizza in the back. In contrast to the dry, fact-ridden events that explained tbe workings running gam e t h a t aimed to ac-quaint s tuden ts w ith one another, both of which were part of orienta tion, the NCSA forum aimed to make students comfortable as it in formed and motivated them. Scheduled at lunchtime, immedi ately following mini classes, the s ionally in lounge or clubs. A few never broke character and occasion.: references to the Rat Pack and Las ally prompted (and received) Vegas e tablished the time period comments from his sidekick their characters hailed from. The After relating events leading to the result was a type of show business USF-New College merger he which few students have een on turned over the microphone to tage. Rachel Morris, who introduced ber-' 1 r:l: .. pres1 en o t e and tered with each other about how gave a speech sitting on the edge of good it was to be back in "t h e Sut h e stage. Speaki ng dir ectl y to the dakoff Lounge" and about their first-year students, she gave a hishistory there. The rule was improtory of New College and its student visation, as Cassidy at one point government from where Cassidy asked Vietri, "Do you remember had left off. She emphasized the Venezuela?" and Vietri replied struggle to maintain the degree of "No," and then seductively cooed, participation in the face of "bureau Blaweiss Wants to Listen to Students cracies [that] want to eliminate the exception ... and New College is the exception." The officers also mentioned the fact that students at New College enjoy a greater degree of control over ad ministration than students at other universities. This fact was con firmed in turn by several of the executive officers, who all, with the exception of Rachel Morri trans ferred to New College. As one student commented, "they've been to hell and back." At two-thirty the event ended, with a high percentage of the audi ence still in the room. The officers were standing at the exit, in order to make contact with audience mem bers as they left. Towards the end, officers were emphasizing the need for activism in the student govern ment. They mentioned an attempt the previous January to rename the campus without consulting the stu dents, an attempt only narrowly averted through the forceful actions of students and officers The need to continually assert the authority of the student organizations was the theme of the event. owever, even to the end, there wa a lso a degre e o f whimsy pre ent, as Rachel Morris invited all pre ent to "spank my butt" as they left. It is not known if anyone took her up on the offer. \"Buw.russ-' B1i.IJit PAGB 1 ho enhance the quality of life on the campus," Blaweiss ex plained. He also noted that New College and University Programs have interests outside of academics, and that many of their concerns were similar, from programs of community service to activism on any number of issues. Blaweiss' in tention is to help the student bodies to use their resources and energy in the best way possible. "If there are opportunities to bring students together to meet student needs and desires, we should do says, "the protectors of the New College legacy." "I feel that if you talked to the students at any of the campttses I'd been to ... they'd say that I listened, I helped, I mentored, and I never put their needs second." ment, "to get new opinions and ideas on every i sue, from the smallest to the largest." it; if not, not." Above all, Blaweiss plans to be "visible and open," and highly accessible to students. "I don't think that students who haven't been to another college know bow unique New Col lege is," Blaweiss declared. "The student commitment here sets a foundation for discussion unique to any place that I've been." Blaweiss wants to help students be involved in their classes as possible; to "enhance what goes on in the classroom as well as extracurricu lar activities." For this reason he also plans to be close and involved with the faculty, "who are most important to the students," who are, as he -Mark Blaweiss Blaweiss says that he doesn't want to make decisions without faculty and student involveBlaweiss' title may soon be changed to Direc tor of Campus Student Affairs, "to make it a little bit more clear that it's a campus-wide position." Blaweiss hopes to "visibly make campus-wide student affairs a reality." Part of this will be the creation of one centralised Student Affairs office, where all students will be comfortable going to. "The greatest compliment I can think of i for students to want to come to my office," Blaweiss said. He said that students should feel free to come to him with any questions or complaints they have, or simply to get to know him. Blawei s describes himself as someone who could be "not a parental figure, but a mentor, "who's gone through a lot of things you've all gone through, and made a career of it to shed light on the process, and deal with trations, but always be able to express enthusiasm on the process." "I feel that if you talked to the students at any of the campuses I'd been to," Blaweiss said, "they'd say that I listened, I helped, I mentored, and I never put their needs second.


s rhe catalyst Entertainment September 8, 1999 Plays the Lightpainter Ga lery The band zs currently working on a conceptual album by Kathryn Dow Moore fell a bit stranded her first semester Many New College student might not know h b it won't be too much longer," adds Lindsay Moore, the Electronic Music TA but ere, ut in January 1999 Payton and Risley Rtsley, We JUst spent a lot of money on a samwalking around campus, it's hard to miss,the tall moved to Sarasota. Moore self-described role pier, o that should help us fini hit." in the band i the "fill-in-the-blanks-person. PI h girl with hort dar_k hair and fluorescent orange Af Ri aymg a s ow to support the album is just ter ley and Payton moved to Sara ota, h t th b d d combat boot It ts also bard to miss the flyers M w a e an ts omg Friday, September lOth. oore started working more actively with the Th h u b h L. for a band called car8lmob. Moore, a econde s ow Wl eat t e aghtpainter Gallery, toproduction of the album currently being cated bet 6th d M Ce year, bas been playing bass with car81mob ween an am on ntral Street. recorded, which does not yet have a concrete M h d h longer than she' been at New College. oore emp astze t at JUSt becau e the band "We're not what everyone atways thinks we "We dect.ded comput-identifies themsetves as industrial, that shouldn't are. Just becau e 1 cite my influences a Crass limit their audience. doesn't mean we're a political band. Just becau e d d d When asked to describe the band, Moore said we play industrial mu ic doesn't mean I know erS ffia e goo rUffiI put 'live industrial rock' on the flyers, anything about industrial music," said Moore, n that's JUSt because you have to have something to who is currently planning to major in film mers. put on the flyers." Her band mates are John Risley, producer and L d Payton added that, "What we're doing right guitarist--" I play guitar by default", and Sean -in say Moore now is, I'd ay, indu trial rock. But we could do Payton, the vocalist and keyboardist, who al 0 just about anything. I mean certainly our first doc th .1 r f f h two albums arc completely different than what s e tm ta wn mg or most o t etr ongs. title, but i referred to as "the concept album d Th b d 1 k were oing right now, and the next album we do e an s ts to ma e music that is agAccording to Payton the concept 1 s "ba.1 f b t t 11 bl fi '' a ter thts one will have a distinct, different sound gres 1ve, u s t a e to It mto the pop genre. cally ... the story of the machine character who' 8 The do 't th. k th t d b too. car lmob is whatever we're doing at the Y n m a omg gUitarased industhe main character, and then there's a female time." trial hould mean dropping production standards character named Ashley It's Just about two peo" B or playng 1 d 'ff ut you can bet that it something to do 1 ow, ngey gu1tar n with no pie interacting, and be i ng hurt, and how people h 1 1 d Wtt e ectronics or computers." said Moore. me ,0'ThY react after being hurt by somebody they really The show will probably include a new wave ere was a time when mu ic had a harder care about. And about how acting itl a sel f -de-d d l'k d cover of two favorite influences Depcche Mode e ge, an everyone t e tt, said Ri ley. tructive mann e r turns th e m awa y ... It's ba t call y d G Wh 81 f an ary uman a couple o f song from like a en car mob ormed in high school it in abou t bein g passive a ggres iv e I wrot e t h e 1 d d d R r azor and p e rhap s o n e of t he n e w e t ongs. c u e a rummer, yan, who eventually left t h e l y rics over a period of abo ut fou r days t"n my Th b d' f b d e an type o mu ic mtght n o t b e what a an English class." f "W lot o ew College tudents would normally l is-e decid e d computers made good drum-Geuin the album recorded and finished is a ten but Moore zcs lhe of mers," aid Moore. tiitllerllllt!i11111Jijj'iiliilillilllfiiiiiiflijiijiiji Later the band added their currently ab ent highest one. DeJIJDIS. guitarist Charlie, who was in a band called "Vio'When Sean and John fir t came down, our lent Toy Junkie focus wa going to be on finishing this right "They were about the only other kid with away, but we've changed the focu to be more on purple hair in our high school," Ri ley quipped. playing live bows," Moore said, "I don't think The band' mo t recent recorded album, "like that we're just rushing to put it out, becau e we're a razor," wa recorded before Moore came to r ally seriou about thi Tbi i the best thing New College. After she left, Payton and Ri ley we've done, and we want it to take us somebegan work on the album that they are still workwhere, so playing shows to upport it before we ing on. finish it is really a good idea." case, but I think seeing live music is worthwhile, even if it's not really a genre you listen to. It's good to upport the music scene in Sarasota, and it's good to upport your friends." Payton adds, "I really think people will get something out of it. Hey, it' only a dollar." Get off campu Check out car81mob. The Lightpainter Gallery is a great venue, and be side Payton' mom says he's 'a catch.' Four Winds Cafe Ready for Fall Semester The cafe comes under new management this fall pre entations, drawing talent from the tudent community in academics, music, dance, and po etry, by Darren Guild The Four Winds Cafe reopened Ia t Sunday with the promise of providing a etting for cul tural and intellectual activity for all member of the New College Community. This fall, the Four Winds comes under the new management of fourth year student Alisdair Lee. Lee ha. spent all four years at New ollege and says one of his main motivation tor manag ing the Four Wind this year i to give something back to the community. "We're here as a resource to the community; mainly to provide an atmosphere to relax, di cus and share, away from the vortex of palm court," Lee aid. "Who knows,'' he added, "this might be the place you fall in love or create an opportunity for yourself. It's exciting for me to be a part of the vitaJity that an environment such as tbi can offer." The Four Winds has housed a variety of per formance art club meetings, and the is Be ides offering the usual assortment of coffee shop drink (latte, mocha steamed milk, Four Winds' llours of Operation: Mondays Thursday : 9am-12pm Fridays: 9am-Spm (on nights with a func tion planned the cafe will stay open later) Sunday: study night from 8pm-12am italian soda, tea, cold fruit juice and soft drinks, etc ... ), The Four Wind has food items uch a oups, bagels and flavored cream cheeses, pizza bagel humu guacamole, and pa tries. All se lections from the menu are offered at competitive price The idea for a student run cafe was developed five yea ago by three former tudents. With tton student and faculty uppdrt, and a $10,000 doJlar loan from the New College alumni as. oci ation their idea became a reality. The 4 Winds has been open for the pa t three erne ters, and is embarking on it fourth. Like any new busines the Four Wind has been plagued by financial uncertainty. After a difficult fir t semester, the Four Wind re bounded to earn a profit last year. ''Our ales have on i tently risen since we first opened, we're doing well'' tnancial manager Elissa Mendenhall aid. An added challenge the cafe faces in the fu ture is that management is con tantly shifting as students graduate. To combat thi Lee emphasize. that the cafe depends on continued tudent and faculty up port, "We are not doing thi to turn a profit, it is the community's re ponsibility to draw upon the benefits this opportunity offers."


' .... .. ...... 6 The Catalyst News September 8, 1999 Art Department Gains New Assistant Professor Fry wants to improve the 3-D art building and curriculum by Kathryn Dow Leslie Fry is the new assistant professor of fine arts at New College. Before corning to New College, Fry taught 3-D and 2-D art at the Uni versity of Vermont and St. Regal's College. Fry graduated with an MFA from Bard College in New York where she participated in an interdis ciplinary critique session every night. She has been exhibiting sculpture since the 70's. Fry's personal artwork focuses on the human body, and she will be teaching a course in images of the body in art next semester. "I'm really happy to be here," Fry began, "to find a place of my own to really make an impact on, as opposed to say, the University of Ver mont, where I was just one cog in a very big machine. But I've never lived anywhere South or wann in my life, so there's a lot of things I'm just getting used to, like beat and fire ants." Fry's immediate goals for the art department are to make the 3-D building a safer, more efficient place to work and,to make sure sculpture is considered just as serious a subject as any other discipline "It's not like you're coming over to the art stu dio and doing artsy--craftsy summer-camp stuff. This is art. It's serious. It's not just entertain ment. Which isn't to say it's not going to be fun." Fry says, with a smile, "Really the main thing I'm doing right now is concentrating on getting this building cleaned up, making it a nice place to work." Fry's impressions of New College so far have been positive. "I think all the students are a bunch of smooth-talkers," she joked, "All the students I've talked to are really smart and articulate, and en thusiastic and lively, so that's really fun for me. Everybody is just brimming over with ideas, which is fantastic." Fry's making outside connections for the New College art department, talking to Ringling Ethernet Will Increase Downloading Speed School and USF and professional artists about co11aborative efforts. Next semester she plans to bring different professional artists as guest speak ers. For Fry, Florida has been a very new and dif ferent experience. "It's really exotic. The apartment I'm living in is only five minutes away, and there's mangoes falling off the trees, and peacocks running around in the yard! Everything's kind of green, and shaggy, and sometimes when I have the windows open at night, I bear noises, and I feel like I'm in the jungle! It's fun!" Fry recounted the story of finding a sizable lizard in her apartment--"all of a sudden I look over at the wall, and there's this lizard on the wall. A pretty big one! not one of those little ones that scurry around. I tried to catch it, but it was really fast, so it just scurried off somewhere -I didn't sleep much that night." Fry's only other complaint is not being able to find a post office. :;:'> !two rooms being considered "uninhabcosts at the meeting. In addition, all possible payment procedures, installaitable," New College housing is near capacity, and not facing any major tion plans, and contact information was discussed and more or less decided problems. upon. It was made evident at the meeting that this Ethernet installation plan In addition to a new Coordinator, Housing has provided the dorms with is not a profit scheme for any NC departments, but rather simply an implenew technology. After months of funding issues, staffmg. wiring and ment to provide the network service. rewiring, and exchange o scores o liwusan o doiiars, 1 of the NC "We are hoping to come close to even, Richardson stated when network dorms are now equipped wirb stable Etbemet connections. r-------------...,card and labor costs were being calculated. When asked to summarize wbat Etbernet is in laymen's Tom's Contact Infonnation: "You can buy a cheaper [Ethernet] card, but there will terms, Director of Campus Computing and Media Services Office: Pei 309, be problems down the road," advised Cooper at the or-Duff Cooper stated that it provides students "with direct Office Hours: ganizational meeting. network connectivity to the Internet and to any of the netM, T, Th, F lpm-5pm The cards being purchased from 1-Net are 100 Megabit work services that the university offers. cards of extremely good quality, and the plan should be .. This a d ata connection is independent of modems and phone able to provide cards for aU types of computers and operating systems. lines, and at the same time offers incredible download speed. The best Cards for desktop computers with Windows 95/98 will cost around $55 and computers today offer a 56K modem, meaning that more than 56,000 bits the patch cables (which connect the cards to the data jack in the rooms) per second can be transferred through the phone line when connected at will cost around $5. This purchase includes installation of the hardware and maximum speed. Depending on what kind of network card a computer has, software configuration. Cards for laptop computers with Windows will cost when connected to the Ethernet, it can transfer at speeds up to 100 million around $170, plus the cable. It is anticipated that these notebook installabits per second. tions will be taken care of in a second wave, after the desktops have been How do students get connected to the obscure orange ho1e in the wall? finished. This and other Ethernet concerns were determined at an organizational Costs for cards for Macintoshes vary greatly depending on operating meeting held at the Four Winds Cafe on Tuesday, August 31, 1999. Those system, but a schedule of all charges and other details will be made availattending the meeting were the aforementioned Cooper, Assistant Director able to students in due time. Infonnation will also be distributed on which of Student Affairs Tim Richardson, NCSA President Rachael Morris, MAC persons and departnlents are responsible for handling each aspect of the Lab TA Edin Hajdarpasic, and 1-Net owner Ari Weinstein. Weinstein, a forprocess. mer New College student himself, was representing his company and "Its pretty exciting," Duff Cooper summarized. presenting 1-Net's quotes for the network cards, cables, and installation Students Concerned Over Potential Administrative Conflicts r_, .'" :NM8BnNd.l1Plll(} M;: : Bl ., F' 'lfiCJded With a list compiled by student government represen tatives over the summer. It included: The age of the students. Whether or not they will pay student dues/have access to A&S and SAC funds. The fmancial constraints and advan tages they present to the campus. WJ.Il they will be allowed single housing in Viking or will all live in doubles? Will their RA be one of our own? Will they have their own orientation? What kind of liability is involved? Will NORD be a part of student affairs? Who will deal with misdemeanor offenses involving NORD students? "One thing that I've been very worried about, being an ex-member of the student court, is there's very rately any New College on UP any sort of judiciary or disciplinary action because we're a residential community and they're not," said Shannon, "but NORD throws a real monkey wrench into that because they're not part of the New College residential community, but they're a residential community. So I'm Jnterested in who would be in charge of, God forbid, an extreme example, a statutory rape or date rape situation .. does it go to Student Affairs? Would it go to our student court?" Cooksey noted real concerns from an admin istration standpoint about liability. He also said classroom space was an 1ssue of great concern to the faculty, and that Chemistry Professor Suzanne Sherman said she would follow up on the issue on their behalf. The suddenness with which students received word on this issue said Cooksey, evinces problems in communication between administration and Novo Collegians.


7 The Catalyst Opinion September 8, 1999 Editorial: Classes are too Big People flock to New College because of its small size and low student to faculty ratio. However, it has come to our attention that classes have be come more and more crowded. What bas happened to the intimate classes that were promised to New College students? The first week of classes, several introductory courses, most of which were originally intended for about thirty students, were choked up with at least twice as many. A few of these classes were split up into separate groups, making more work for professors and teaching assistants. Clearly it is a strain for a to be forced to teach two or three times the number of expected students. The students also suffer because of decreased daily interaction with the teacher. ber due to the Associate Dean position. The unification of the campus ad ministration last year is certainly having shock waves. It is taking valuable faculty members out of the class rooms and stuffing them behind a desk. Is administration becoming more important than academics? The New College Blueprint for the Future outlines plans to increase the size of the New College student body. However, while more students pour in, will the faculty size be able to catch up? The way things are going it seems that there will always be one professor acting as Associate Dean, several professors on sabbatical, a plethora of new students, and no real substantial increase in faculty. Other courses dealt with their monstrous size by selecting out stu dents, usually on the basis of year or major. Unfortunately,these entry level courses are vital to areas of concen tration and are not offered every semester. It seems that majors often Every professor has the right to take a sabbatical. However, on a small campus the absence of even one faculty member bas a poignant ... impact. The size of the overall New College faculty should be in have problems taking required classes. Forget about the people who want to take something just for intellectual curiosity. So why aren't there enough teachers to accomadate student demand? For one, there has been concern over the annual loss of a faculty memcreased, not only to cope with increasing demand for specific courses, but to make it easier for individual members of the faculty to take well de served time off. A push for an increase in faculty size would clearly be in everyone's in terest. Contribution: Theater Study at New College Contributed by Professor John McDiannid There are some new possibilities for theater study at New College this year. For several years, students have been able to take courses taught by the graduate faculty of the Florida State University/Aslo Conservatory of Actor Training, located adjacent to the College. Students can take a module Introduction to Acting course, a module of Advanced Act ing/Scene Study, a b arrangement with the Conservatory) an internship working on a produc tion with an Aslo director. The lntro and Advanced courses are listed regularly in the New College semester course lists; first module this fall, the Intro course is being offered by Professor Scott Hayes. The same course will be of fered again in the second module. There are many students on campus who have taken these courses in the past and who can tell you what they're like; they're taught follow ing the principles of the interactive Sanford Meisner school of actor training, the best established method in the United States these days. Starting from the initiative of student Konnie Kruczek in the early 1990s, students at New College have included Theater as a component of an interdisciplinary are of concentration. Given that we do not have a regular theater faculty, it is not possible for students to concen trate entirely in Theater, but students have created such "slash" majors as as "Literature{fheater," "Psychologyflbeater'' or "Anthropology!fheater." As of this summer, the requirements for the Theater component have been in cluded at the College catalogue website (and they will soon be in an updated print version of the cata logue), along with a list of faculty members who have agreed to advise students in this area. Basically, the requirements for the component in clude: The Aslo offerings listed above, plus ongoing work on-and offstage in New College theater productions; literature courses on drama (Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, etc.); and work on the his tory and theory of theater. Look at cata o ue listin then consult with one of the listed faculty members if you are interested. Almost nobody from New College should plan on a theater career. In the first place, almost nobody should plan on a theater career, period. Do not romanticize the prospect of waiting tables for years while you try out for parts on the New York Stage: that has led to un happiness for most of the people I've known who have tried it. And many other colleges have narrowly defined theater programs that groom people for a much better chance at at professional success than we can. But Theater can be approached as a liberal arts discipline, and as such, as part of a liberal arts education, can help you discover yourself and prepare for a more thoughtful life, whatever work you do. About spaces: New College has no theater. It bad one a few years ago, built by a student ,Wells in the now-demolished Zmn s restaurant building. Enterprising students hllve campaigned for the adaptation of the Teaching Audito rium to make it usable for theater as well as classes, and enterprising stu dents should continue to do this; # .. support this project. Many have used Sainer for plays; if you're interested in doing this, you should contact the Humanities Division early in the fall, even if you plan your production for the spring. Stu dents have put on plays in the New Caples quadrangle, on the bayfront by old Caples, in the Music Room and in other venues. In Spring, 1999, student Phil Levie contacted the Players theater (down the Trail) and was allowed to use that audito-rium for an of Irish one-acts at a productions were going on. He used it very respectfully, and stu dents who are prepared to do the same might follow his example and contact Professor Stephen Miles, Humanities chair, if you want to same migbt follow his example and approach the Players (after having secured the backing of a New College faculty member). New College students in the past few years have put on ambitious, in novative productions of plays from Plautus to Genet to Durang to New College playwrights. Last year New College and Booker High School students founded the Theater of the Community in North Sara sota, based on the radical political/theater concepts of Au gusto Boat. This spring there should be a gay/lesbian theater fes tival in Sarasota with major New College involvement--see Clifton Wiggins or Judy Ng about this. There are probably possibilities for collaboration with the students at the Ringling School of Art and Design, where theater courses are also given. Becoming involved in the ater at the College at any level is worthwhile, remarkable things have happened and there are more re markable prospects for the future. t ... 0 Contribution Guide lines Letter to The Editor: A reader's to previ ous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student bq.dy. to the Editor than Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. <:::ontributions may range in lengtH from 250-500words. Guest Column: A so..: licited OJ?.inion piece. Guest coltimnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the College community should be rriade aware. Guest 'columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be; received by Fddayl 5pm,. in order to appear lD the next issue.


8 The Catalyst New College Run, Bike, Swim Club is having its first organiza tional Meeting at 6pm ,at the Hamilton Center Couches, Friday, September 3. The Origami Club will meet on Thursday, 5:30pm, at Parkview. Squash your tomatoes. Auditions for the play Haephestus and Aphrodite will be held on Mon day, September 6, and Tuesday, September 7, at 8pm in the Fish bowl. Football Fridays will be held at 5pm on the Athletic Field. Everyone is welcome. Happy Birthday, Pete! You remind me of the babe. Ultimate Frisbee will meet on Fri day, 6:30pm, on the Fitness Center Field. car8lmob will be performing on September 10, lOpm, at the Light painter Gallery. Call 330-1696 for more information. Amnesty International will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fish bowl. bttp:// Use it. Abuse it. Just do it. College Bowl Interest Meeting is on Wednesday, September 8 at 4 p.m. in the Fishbowl or call Alena at ext. 4266. Student Activities Club/organization fair on Friday, 9/10/99, SAC now meets on Thursdays, 6pm, at the 4 Winds Cafe. Break Dancing in the Fitness Cen ter at 6pm on Thursdays. What babe? Bike Shoppe Tentative Fall Sched ule: Sundays and Wednesdays 6pm8pm Fridays 3pm-5pm Are you interested in the Slavic Vocal Esemble? They are interested in you. Contact Regina by box or by e-mail. Box #673. vocal@virtu ... The babe with the power. Want to Exercise your butt off? Come to the first Workout Club meeting, on Friday at 6pm, in Hamilton Center. Announcements September 8, 1999 Want to Wallyball? Come to the Fitness Center every Wednesday, from 8-1 Opm. Inter-Varsity meets Monday nights, at 7:30pm, in Sudakoff Center. What power? Want to exercise until you drop'? Come to the first Workout Club Meeting this Friday, at 6pm, in Hamilton Center. SAC Marathon Allocations will take place on Sunday, September 12. Don't forget to turn in your S.A.T.A.N. forms. They are due Fri day, September 5. Want to learn about fire making, tracking, tool making, camouflage, wild edibles, shelter building, etc.? Come to the first organizational meeting of the Woodsy Club on Thursday, September 9, at 9pm in the Fishbowl. Want to throw? Be thrown? Come to Aikido every Monday and Wednesday from 7-8:30pm, in Hamilton Center. Do what? There will be a Catholic Mass every Sunday at 6pm, in Sudakoff Center. Remind me of the babe! Power of Voo-Doo? Are you pagan, wiccan, or strega ? Are you into the oc cult, santeria or ceremonial magick? Would you like to join a discussion group about it? Put a note in Box# 123 .. .It's as easy as your abc's. T ENTATIVE FITNESS CENTER SCHEDULE .. Who do? ---------------'. 2111 ClJi: Mondays from 4-Spn Jnmg .PU: M:>ndays and Fridays from 6-7pn Gcmg .PU: Mondays from 8: 30-9: 30pn and Wednesdays from 6-7prn The Campus Ministry is span cering Vesper Worship On-The-Bay. It meets every Sunday, at 6:30pm, behind Col lege HalL Everyone is welcome. Yoga: Mondays from 7-8 : 30prn 1Cic1CbaJc1n;J: Tuesdays and Thursdays fran 6-7prn Pentjak SelL-Defense: Tuesdays and Thursday fran 7-8pm Have you seen some shoes? There size 40 leatberless birkenstocks. If so, please con tact Leslie, Box # 783. You do? --.B1.I.1nxJD Dtmcing: Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30pm .DipJV and Contact lllmce: Sundays from 4-6pn,_.l"'' Sc:x:n. Modern Dance Basic Trcrining CARE. ER CENTER What's Happening in the Career Center? Cen ter/What'sHappening.htm. Dates, times, places of all Career Center events are posted there. Manatee County Community Coalition on Homelessness Vol unteer Opportunity: The Coalition provides direct services, advocacy, public education, and data collection regarding the home less population in Manatee County. Students may focus on direct ser vice, providing direct education for the pub1ic,teaching skills to clients, community organizing, grant writ ing, research/data collection or vjrtually any special projects that are within the agency mis ion. If interested, contact Karen McGoff, Executive Director at (941) 7270878. Reminder-FREE Kaplan Practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT Tests will be administered Saturday, September l8the at 9:00am. Please contact the career center to reserve your spot by ei ther calling 359-4261 or e-mail: career@sar. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Fellowships for the academic year 2000-2001 will be awarded to sup port graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering. Fel lowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based ,aster's or doctoral degrees. Appli cants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. at the time of application and must be near the beginning of their graduate study. Each three-year fel lowship provides a stipend of $15,000 for a 12-montb tenure, and a cost-of-education allowance of 10,500 per tenure year. Appli cants can submit an application electronically using the NSF Fast Lane Graduate Research Fellowship Program process: Additional information may be ob tained by visiting: Deadline: November 4, 1999 Foreign Service Officer Written Examination-November 6,1999. Examination registration books ava1iable in the Career Center. Ap plicants are encouraged to register online: r.html. If you wish to learn more about the cha1lenging careers and student programs avaliable, visit the web site at: html. for submitting applicationOctober 8, 1999,

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