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Features New History Professor -page 4 NCSA reaction to vandalism -page 6 Features Romantic Comedies -page 5 Editorial: Too many signs -page 7 Volume XI, Issue 7 April 12, 2000 Anti-Semitic vanda sm in Second Court room Asking themselves how it could have happened, administrators and students respond with idea by Michael Sanderson The innocuous item in the April 5 Police Log, "Burglary (residence) in Pei's 2nd Court.... Subjects then des troyed a rock band poster that victim had hanging on wall," didn't reveal the depth of what had happened. Most of the posters hanging in the room were torn down, but one remained up and was defaced with a swastika. A figure in a mural in the room had a "Hitler mus tache" drawn on it. One of the residents of the room, since moved, is Jewi. h. "This is such the antithesis of New College," Director of Student Affairs Mark BJaweiss aid in discussing the issue with the Catalyst last week. NCSA President Rachael Morris, who was told by Blaweiss April 4, said her first reaction was "Disbelief, sympathy for her [the resident], but more utter shock that a student at New College would do such a thing." Friday, Morris asked Molly Robinson to can the emergency town meeting to discuss hate crimes, which Robinson announced on the listserv. Morris said "I didn' t want to make this a public issue until she [the res ident] was ready to have it discussed." son had to know the student because she is Jewish." Blaweiss said that the Campus Police have termed the crime a felony. It has not, however, been confirmed as a hate crime. ''If this was a prank then it was a very stupid, juvenile prank," Blaweiss said. He repeated at the town meeting it might be a possible act of "ignorance and sick humor." Sergeant Paul A. Shideler told the Catalyst that "The case is under active investigat ion and we cannot release any information about it." He did say that "it's written as burglary and criminal mis chief," and that the police have "taken evidentiary items from the room. To reveal what they know The campus reacted with shock and horror. Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss alerted the student government, accommodated a room witch and threw emphasis into security and anti-Turnout at the town meeting was exceptionally high, and Blaweiss and Bassis were in attendance. and contacted the family of the resident. Rachae1 Morris called an emergency town meeting for Tuesday, which drew an overwhelming turnout and discussed questions of how to respond to this one case, as well a how to address the fact that, as some speakers insisted, it was not an isolated incident. the college, he felt this goes against "what the university and this campus stands for." "The police are doing a through investigation, with Officers [Lori] Calitri and [Hans] Rush on the case," according to Blaweiss. "My sense from the police is it was an on-campus student." Morris agreed: "Who else could it be? It seemed the per-Nothing was stolen from the room a far as anyone can tell, although personal belongings of both residents of the room were disturbed. Blaweiss' perception is "a lot of the effort that went into decorating the room was destroyed." 'SEE "VANDALISM" ON._P._14_G_E_6--=-_____ __, Queer Ball titillates Novo Collegians by Kelly Jones A haJloon rainbow marked the enlrance of the Queer Ball as Novo C.ollegians strolled to College Hall in lavish evening wear on April 8. just after "The Vagina Monologues Strings of white Christmas lights auomed the hath and strips of gauze draped over win dows transformed the -..ober building into a formal fantasy. Disco balls threw speckled light'> onto the walls and bubbles filled the air with decaJence as the sexy 5tu dents of New College packed into the mu<>ic room. There one saw a pla.:c where men were ladies, ladies men, and life was good. Waves of dance beat traveled through a sea of bold wigs and brilliant dresses, and in the cen ter of it all -a runway. 12:30am:The Drag Show. third-fEE BALL" ii?PAGE 3 .I Teach-In on Globalization educates, inspires Leftists gathered at USF St. Pete to rally against economic globalization. by Kathryn Dow Lik.e the threat of USF domination hovering over the small and ftnancial!y insignificant New College stu dents, global corporations hover over the small and financially insignificant private citizen, threalening pendeoce, freedom, and autonomy. Or so one might have been led to believe on Saturday, at the Teach-h1 on Globalization. This activisl-pat;ked at the USF St. Pete Campus Activities Center on April 8, evidenced the numbl:r of people in the greater Tampa Bay area who want to fight back the cnrporale giants that are increasingly dominating the global economy The Teach-ln was designed to rally people together to fight economic 1tlobalization, and to further educate peo ple on the implications thereof. Boasting a long and sccmtngly hapl1azard list of sponsors ranging from a local Baptist church to 'The L:aguc of RcvQlutionarics for a New America to the National Lawyers Guild, the event had a similarly erratic face. The first tahlc on the left inside the main room was run by the DMM tion collective. and was covered in assorted books and 'zincs aimed toward a leftist contingent Their giant, spray-painted, d.i.y. signs contrasted the more businesslike approach of sponsors such as the Sierra Club, who provided the attendees with professionally printed parupblcl'i set out under a glossy banner. But regard)ess of presentation, evC(rynody was there to support the grassroots effort to undermine global wrporate domina tion. Whether one was worried about the sanctity of the environment or the rigbl to individual freedom. the poor working conditions of pickle farmers in North Carolina Qr tbt: simple right to honest reporting, the speakers and sponsors of the Teach-In relateJ oon"ems to the problems of corporate dominance. A full :schedule kept the day fast-paced and interesting, as speakers addressed the aforementioned issues and many others. GregAsbed and Baldemar Velasquez spoke about the plight of immi grant fannworkers; Senior Florida Field Representative for the Sierra Club Frank Jackalone discussed the impact the World Trade Organization bas on the environment: Jane Akre aod Steve Wilson told the story of how they lost their jobs at TV station FOX 13 because of a news report that they refused to cover up All the speakers were limited to thirty minutes or less, which kept things moving so quickly tbat one barely had time to absorb one set of issues before another set was thrown onto the floor The audience wa.<> as diverse as the sponsors and speakers. About two thirds of the attendees looked to be over 40 years old, most of the rest appeared to be no older than 27. Clothing choices ranged from patched-up clothes that looked like they'd been rescued from the reject pile at Goodwill to the more conservative shirt and tie look. One of thcfSU:"n:AcH-JN" ON PAGE 4 l


2 The Catalyst Eran Gonzalez and His F tber o Be Re nited Washington and Miami April 8 As early as next week government lawyers will prepare an order to return Elian Gonzalez to his father, Attorney General Janet Reno de clared Friday. Reno said at a new conference that she addressed a letter to Elian's Miami rel atives to meet wth government lawyer and three p ychiatric expert to arrange for the least stre ful transfer of the six-year-old to authori ties. How Elian right after he wa found floating in an inner-tube last Thanksgiving (left). Now protesters sur round the family s house in an effort to keep Elian in America (above). Reno and fedeJ"al Jaw enforcement al expres their hope that Elian' relative will re linquish him to authoritie Reno i ued an emotional appeal to the relative to tum over the boy "promptly and peacefully." Still, matters remain finn. Reno tated that the is ue of Elian remaining in the U.S. is closed. The Justice Department lawyers seemed to be trying to increase pressure on the boy's Miami relatives to return Elian, a d Reno indi cated that the government would recover the child if he is not surrendered to his father. Japan to Elect ew Prime Minister Tokyo, April 5 --Yo hiro Mori was elected president of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, taking the position of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi who lap ed into a coma Sunday after News suffering a stroke. On Tuesday, April 4, the entire Cabinet re signed. On Wednesday tbe new prime minister will be appointed. Miro is certain to succeed Obuchi a prime mini tcr due to the L.D.P's ma jority in Parliament. ere is no question about the choice," aid Kozo Watanabe, vice peaker of Parliament's lower hou e. "The cultural com mis ion of the L.D.P wiJl announce Mr. Mori's selection, and their junior coalition partners will upport it." The party's majority will also en ure conti nuity on major political and economic policies. The new cabinet i expected to be similar to the one it will replace with only the chief post changed. Oppo ition lawmaker were expected to op po e an appointment of a prime mini ter from the ruling coalition of the L.D.P and were ex pected to call for an early election which would rai e the pos ibility of public ballot. Estrogen Might Increase Risk of Heart Disease Re earchers were shocked at the result of a federal tudy of hom10ne replacement therapy. 25,000 women were te ted, and result how that estrogen might increase the ri k of heart at tacks, strokes, and blot clots in the lungs rather than prevent heart disease, for which the drug is widely used. Still, Dr. laude Lenfant, director of the attonal He 1 un ar d Blood Institute i cate that the tc t are not ad anced enough for data to be conclusive. Investigators stre that only a small percentage of women in the study had heart attacks, trokes, or blood clots. It is not known if the hormone replacement therapy would have any long-term effects. The study "therefore should not influence current medical practice," says [..enfant. The Nasdaq Bounces Back The Nasdaq plummeted 574.57 points. The ew York Times said it would have been the largest "one-day decline in 'asdaq history" had buyers not wanned to purchased at low prices and decreased the losses from 13.6 to 1.77 per cent at closing time. April 12, 2000 Sexual Harrassment Allegations Delay Appointment of ew Inspector General Washington April 5 Maj. Gen. Larry G. Smith's appointment to be the Army' Deputy Inspector General has been put on hold because of sexual harassment allegation put forth by Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kermedy. The appointment would have put him in charge of investigating wrong-doing," in cluding exual haras ment in the ervice, ays Pentagon official The case is drawing attention partly becau e of Smiths ranking as a General, but more so be cau e of Kennedy's tanding in the service as one of the three women to earn three tars. Officials said that Kennedy attests that General Smith "made an unwanted sexual ad vance in her office in the Pentagon." They de. cribed the encounter a "fleeting." Kennedy placed a formal complaint only after Smith had been appointed deputy, Augu t 27, 1999, official aid. Originally, she presented her complaint in formal! y but changed her mind Ia t August bccau e Smiths position as In pector General would put him at the bead of 'investigating complaints like hers again t him," said one Army official. Korean Summit a Step Towards Peace A leaders summit to be held on June 12-14 orth Korea will bring leader of North and K r Kim Dae-jung said thi ununit reprc.ent a "big step forward" in peace efforts. 1 hi ummit will be the first since the two Korcas divided in 1945. The fact that the orth agreed to thi summit repre ents a more open-minded ap proach to capitali. t South Korea. North Korea, which is a communi t country, has suffered from evere poverty since 1995, relying on outside aid. This summit may catalyze economic assistance from South Korea. It is possible, however, that North Korea will make political demands that South Korea is unwilling to ac cept, such a the withdrawal of U.S. troops from south Korea. Informatwn compiled from The Associated Pres and The ew York Times. 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3 The Catalvst News April 12, 2000 Hungarian Ambassador gives lecture in Sudakoff After the lecture, His Excellency answered student questions in a roundtable discussion. by Michael Sanderson It' s no surprise who was responsible for the visit of the Ambas s ador of Hungary to the United States. At 2 pro Tuesday, Professor of History and Hungarian nationalist Laszlo Deme introduced His ExceJlency Dr. Geza Jenzenszky, distinguished academic of the University of Budapest, former foreign minister of the Republic of Hungary and according to Deme "alum nus of the New College conference of Eastern European Studies," who "made his first presentation on our campus in 1985." Jenzenszky gave alec ture to a small crowd of mostly older local area residents, then answered the questions of a small group of New College students in a side room The lecture was poetically titled "Overcoming Misfortune and Misjudgment," which Jenzenszky repeated in Hungarian, and subtitled The First Millennium of the Hungarian State." It formed just a part of the 5-day "Hungarian Millennia! Days," a celebration of the 1000 years of the Hungarian state put on by local and international Hungarian groups. Older local area residents comprised almost the entire audience of approximately 100. Jenzenszky's lecture centered on the struggles of the Hungarian state to exist. Hungarian people are internationally "celebrating our survival," he said in introductory remarks, for Hungary "seemed to be finished several times" and "we were not masters of our fate" for long periods. The lecture defied chronological history first jumping through the most trying moments in their history the Mongol invasions the Habsburg conquest in 1526 the Czar of Rus si a cru s hing the revolution of 1848 the Nazi occupat i on and the So vi et army cru shi ng the upri s ing o f 1 956 "It i s cl ose to a miracl e that t he Hun gari an s t a t e ex is t s" he co ncl uded Je n zenszky talked for 45 minutes on "our hard, beautiful history." The an niversary, he explained, is of the Hungarians embracing Western Christianity, thus opening "the door to cultural sources of Western Europe." The Pope to send a crown and grant legitimacy to the now-Christian country, it provided "the symbol of national sovereignty" as Deme replied to a student comment later. The lecture also touched on events of the twentieth century and the contemporary situation of Eastern Europe. "I thought that his talk was good in giving a Hungarian-friendly back ground to the region" third-year student Patrick Armshaw said afterwards. When the lecture concluded, there was a question and answer session, in which audience members seemed overwhelmingly concerned with the health of the Hungarian state. As these questions were being asked, Deme walked to the comer of the audience where virtually all of the half-dozen students in attendance were sitting. Mter general questions were concluded, Deme brought the ambassador into a side room to meet with students and answer their questions around a small table. The questions all concerned contemporary events in Central and Eastern Europe, such as the expansion of NATO, demagogic nationalists in Russia, the situation in former Yugoslavia and the new government of Austria. When discussing the history of the relationship between Austria and Hungary, he mentioned Austrian assistance in helping those fleeing the up rising of 1956, which "Professor Deme can personally attest to," a reference to his involvement in that historical event. ''The Question and Answer period showed his academic credentials and h i s willingness to discuss very important questions Armshaw said. History thesis-student Pat Griffin said I think it's of great value to the university and a great honor to the United States as a whole to bring distingu i shed dignitarie s fr o m for ei gn l an ds to s pe a k with t he our talented and motivated futu r e l e ade rs." "Our future is far from over," Jenzenszky said as he co n cl ud e d his re marks. "There is no future without knowing the past," whic h h e re p e at e d in Hungarian, "the last words of the Prime Minister in 1993." Annual drag show draws audience of over 300 people


4 The Catalyst News April 12, 2000 Historian of Socialism to fill Deme's position Princeton PhD. David Harvey to teach Modern European History by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. you will all be very happy with him ... he will assuredly fit in at New As the gentle twilight settles over Lazlo Deme's illustrious career as New College." College's beloved professor of History (European), a handful of staff and stuDavid Allen Harvey appears eminently qualified for the mantle placed dents of the Social Sciences Department have upon his shoulders. As mentioned in a prior Catalyst completed the difficult task of anointing a successor for "I am very pleased with him. article, Harvey is a summa cum laude graduate of Rice the revered Hungarian professor. After narrowing a vast University who has been honored with both the succufield of highly-qualified choices (a professorship at New lent Bourse Chateaubriand scholarship and Mellon College is indeed a buyer's market) down to a slim tri-He seems to he a very Fellowship. Harvey also holds the Phi Beta Kappa une of the best of the creamiest, a series of lectures and key, and received his doctorate at prestigious Princeton interviews were set. These introductory sessions were competent, well-trained, University. His particular subject of interest is Alsatian meant not only as an opportunity for the Selection Sociali:sm, although he bas studied France and Committee of the Social Sciences department to evalu-young historian. His work is Germany in a broader sense. Harvey comes to us with ate the candidates' performances, but also to allow the teaching experience from Texas' El Centro College, candidates to experience the strange rhythms of ew solidly on prin1ary Tarrant County College and University of Texas at College, and to allow New College to get a taste of the Dallas, and has also taught a course on "Germany candidates. After memorable performances from each sources. I really think you under Nazism" at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de of the three hopefuls, the difficult decision was finally Chile in Santiago, Chile. David A1len Harvey, aside enacted and made official. Thus, next year, David Allen will all be very happy with from being a distinguished historical scholar, is fluent Harvey will take his up the scepter of Professor of in Spanish, French, and German, and is familiar with a History (European) following Lazlo Deme's retirement smattering of other European languages, such as at the end of this year. him ... he will assuredly fit in Italian. The Selection Committee was composed of Gordon Harvey, it is to be noted, seemed fairly well-prepared Bauer, Division Head of the Social Sciences; the at New College. when it came to questions of tutorials, JSPs, and other History Department, made up of Doctor( ) Lazlo such New College peculiarities. He had packed several Deme, Justus Doenecke, and Lee Snyder; and Professor -Lazlo Oen1e ideas of his own for the journey, and seemed quite reMaria Vesperi, along with Student Representative Edin ceptive and eager to work with students who brought Hajdarpasic. The Committee spent everal days in de-up their own thoughts and plots. This was undoubtedly liberation before finally deciding upon Harvey as their an important factor in his nomination; it is critical that man. The man most concerned with the appointment, Lazlo Deme, seemed new professors gain an understanding and a working knowledge of tutorials quite positive with regards to Harvey's selection and qualifications: "l am and other such cogs of an alternative education machine like New College. e pea e it im. e seems to e a very compe en, we rameo, e look orward to welcoming avi arvey into our oving ovo young historian. His work is solidly based on primary sources. I reaily think Collegian arms. Tampa Bay area Anti-Globalization forces combine efforts IFROM "TEACHIN" ON PAGE 1 I main reasons '------------' for all these people to wake up early on a Saturday was the up coming protest of the International Monetary Fund I World Bank semi-annual meeting. This protest will be similar in nature to the one held in Seattle last year. The goal of the protesters is to demonstrate the growing sentiment against these corporations by a mass rally which will shut down the proceedings of the meeting. They believe, to quote, that "Activists in the United States must insist firmly and consis tently, until the system is changed -that decisions about the fate of the planet and its peoples must not be made behind closed doors." The Teach-In rallied many people together to take that trip to Washington, and it also educated the attendees about the issues relevant to the large corporations which increasingly dominate global economy. FirstYear Dustin (LAST NAME????!!!!!) attended the event, and told the Catalyst that he was even more excited about the April 16 action as a result. He was impressed by Anuradha Mittal, an Indian woman who gave an entertaining and moving talk about issues of hunger and human rights. Mittal, Policy Director for the organization Food First, discussed her ex perience in Seattle, and spoke about the rights to food that all people have under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sheridan Murphy, representing the Florida American Indian Movement, also addressed is sues of food distribution. He said in his talk that there is enough food in the world to supply every person with 4.5 pounds of food each day. The problem, he feels, lies in distribution which is why 800 million people are undernourished worldwide. Murphy's speech was very short, but extremely lively; in his ten-minute time slot, he managed to refer to the FBI as the Federal Bureau of Intimidation (to much laughter by the assem bled) and discuss the European exploration into the Americas: "We see Columbus coming as a virus," he said. Velasquez also spoke about this subject, linking it to current issues. "The moment the pilgrims landed in America, the issue of eco nomic expansion began," he said, bringing attention to the fact that globalization of the world economy is not so new a concept as some people think. He addressed the plight of immigrant farm workers as well. He feels that all farmworkers should be granted political amnesty, so that they are able to pursue a fair wage. Velasquez, a Mexican-American, said "We never crossed any borders ... the borders crossed us." Another interesting talk was the one given by former FOX news employees Akre and Wilson. They did a special report for FOX 13 about re combinant Bovine Growth Hormone in milk and dairy products, which FOX was very ready to air until the manufacturers of rGBH, Monsanto Corp., pressured them not to. Their refusal to do basically an entirely different story painting rGBH (which has been linked to cancer) in a positive light cost them their jobs. Since then, they have been involved in a huge legal battle against FOX. Their message was that the financial power of large corporations influences the mainstream media to such a degree that the people's right to know is severely compromised. That message was reflected in the minimal amount of advertising for the Teach-In. Most of the mainstream media was reluctant to advertise for an event directly aimed at undermining the corporations that control them. Thus, the infor mation attendees were privy to is still not widely publicly available. The people who attended the event, though, seemed to come away from it with the intention of making their voices heard and their concerns known. For the more information on IMF/World Bank protest, see: http:/ / For more information about the legal battle against see:


5 The Catalyst Entertainment April 12, 2000 Two roma ies that are actually worth t e money Surprisingly, High Fidelity and Return to Me are both quirky, watchable movies. by Leah Scbnelbach Both l/igh Fidelity and Return to Me are set in Chicago, have main characters named Robert, and make references to The Co.>by Show. Return to Me, however, ha a truly weird, high-concept plot that viewer hould see for them elves and not read about, whereas High Fidelity ha no plot at all. Retum to Me is a much more tandard romantic comedy than l!tgh Fidelity. It ha everal terrible blind dates to contra. t with the one true love, a gaggle of very ethnic family membcn; who meddle in the lover rclation hip, the acerbic best friend, and a large dog who only befriend th one true love, while ignoring everyone else. All of that having been said, the terrible blind dates are more realistic than u. ual, the family members want the true loves to get together, and the be t friend is played by Bonnie Hunt, who i always funny (plus she co-wrote thi tory, and directed the film). Oh, and the dog, Mel, is pretty cute. ActuaUy, this reporter's favorite moment in the film i watching Agent Muldorry, Bob-attempt to dry Mel off after a walk while saying "Wet dog! over and over again in a really accurate dog-lover voice. Duchovny does a very good job, he's completely believable, never once mention and in thi re viewer' opinion should be in every romantic comedy made for the next len Minnie Driver's good too, even though had a more diffi ult part to play, but to be hone t I wa n't concentrating on her as much .... lltgh Fidelity was even better. John Cusack play:;, urn, Rob, a record tore owner who's going through relation. hip problems. Rob lead us on a tour of the last twenty years of his life by showing us all the who ever dumped him. Of course, the fact that he was actually the dumper on several occasions, or that on the others he thoroughly de erved to be dumped, is lost on him. This movie will be very amu ing for anyone who's tried to love an ob sessive per anality. It almost had me in tears, laughing, a few lime Rob's obse ion is mu ic, specifically underground rock of the eventies and eight ies, which i why he run a mostly vinyl record tore on a street far from the of tourists and window hoppers. 'J he people who bu) from him need him, and be's really more of a dealer than a retail r. He knows this, and uses it constantly. For instance, at one point he says to an employee, I think I'm going to sell three albums by he Beta Band." He put-; the music on, and watches with ensual glee a customers begin bobbing their heads to the beat. For all of hi mu ical power, however, he can't deal with women, and he has few real friends, becau e he's too elitist to accept many people into his cir cle The film is about his slow decision to grow up. A little. AJl of the performances are wonderful, and there are several outstanding cameos that you')] ju t have to see. J/ollywood continues the romantic comedy grind (clockwi e lfrom bottom left): Jill Peterson, John Cusack, and Joan Cu ack get intense in an executive's office in figh Fidelity; Cusack tells his rival Robbins to get his "patchouli stink" out of his store; a romantic moment between Minnie Driver and David Duchovny from Return to Me. She's got his dead wife's heart. Maybe the movie i a bit reminiscent of The X-Files. Photos courtesy of Touch tone and MGM Pzctures.


6 The Catalyst News April 12, 2000 An emergency Town Meeting discussed possible punishments j.FRoM "vANDAUSM" oN PAGE I 1 As he spoke at the town meeting, Blaweiss dis tributed a paper titled "A Campus Response to Acts of Intolerance," a list of policies and propos als, "some things I think we need to do as a campus." It called for clear policies against acts of hatred and their enforcement, as well as increasing education, diversity and cohesion among "cultural groups." To the end of fostering diversity, it pro posed the creation of "an inclusive, funded, and professionally led Inter-Cultural Center," which he said is "one of the top budget priorities for this year." Bassis spoke briefly. "1 was deeply troubled when I heard of this," he said. "It's not the first such instance of destructive and intolerant inci dent on this campus," a comment repeated by numerous students throughout the meeting. "I think the kind of statement that Mark Blaweiss has passed out is right on target," Bassis said. "I think it touches on almost every important issue we need to think seriously about in order to keep the campus culture consistent with everything consis tent with values we hold dear." When discussion began, Council of Student Affairs member Julia Skapic stood up on behalf of the CSA to announce that they had on their auorit a constitutional amendment on the ball o t e xpJj citly stating t h a t New College stu dents should take an a cti ve rol e i n preve n t i ng discrimination." Thesis-student Natilia Perez, a member of the diversity committee, got up to declare that "this has happened in years past." She emphasized that "there hasn't been a way of reporting these crimes and hasn't been a way of dealing -with it." She later told the Catalyst that "I think Mark [Blaweiss] is the first to support us in the student affairs office." Second-year Myriam Alverez took "New College students should take an active role in preventing discrimination." Julia Skapic the microphone and told the Meeting "We've been ignoring these things." Student Peter Brimson launched the specula tive debate of what to do if who committed the crime is discovered. Blaweiss said that he or she would face both police sanctions and administra tive discipline. Rachael Morris suggested some sort of rehabilitation, which set off a lengthy and passionate debate on the merits of rehabilitation and its relation to punishment. When discussion came back to what was pos sible, Skapic took the microphone and worded a resolution declaring that what had happened was I was deeply troubled when I heard of this .. .I think it touches on almost every important issue we need to think seriously about in order to keep the campus culture consistent with everything consisten t with values we hold d ear. -Dean Bassis "not congruent" with the feelings of the New College community, that it supports pro-active legislation by groups that support the fight against this and that the campus is sorry that this hap pened. Third-year Humanities student Kathryn Dow, a Catalyst staff writer and copyeditor, pointed out that the legal definition of "hate crime" requires intent, which has not been established. She also ventured that since this wa the same room that was vandalized during Valentine's Day PCP, there could be other motives at work. The Town Meeting did not follow this line of reasoning. "I'd like to say it was random, but the whole thing with it being anti-Semitic makes that unlikely." -Anne Sandler The resolution then came to a vote. After the insistence of shouts from sitting students, the res olution was read back to the Meeting. It was then passed by the town meeting by a unanimous vote (see below). Rachael Morris made a last defense of her de sire for rehabilitation. After that, first-year Anne Sandler, who was the target of the vandalism and had before this remained anonymous except for the reference to the room vandalized during PCP, briefly got up before the Town Meeting. "My roommate Sara and I would like to thank every body for coming out and being supportive. It was really nice." A motion to adjourn then passed. Earlier in the week Sandler spoke about the in cident to the Catalyst, in a sharp tone. "Everybody was pretty surprised," she said, but "I come from w Yl r r n' h ve any indication of who committed the acts of van dali s m or why. I d like to say it was random, but the whole thing with it being anti-Semitic make s that unlikely." She said there was nothing out in the room that would have alerted a random crimi nal to her Judaism. For her Independent Study Project Sandler wrote and starred in a one-woman play, in whtch she in part celebrated her Jewish roots. "I thought possibly because of the play," she said. "That's what the police think, but they don't know." Speaking last week, Sandler less happiness with her environment in the aftermath of the inci dent. "I'm not even sure I'm going to stay here. I might transfer, but not just because of that." Overall, the experience has been upsetting. "It's really scary and fucked up to have to move and think someone has a negative agenda against me." The NCSA Town Meeting Resolution Regarding Acts of Hate The New College Student Association feels these actions {referring to the van dalism which occured during spring break) are not congruent with our own feelings and in response would like to enact legislation against discrimination. We support proactive legislation, institutions, and positions {for example the GICC and the new position encouraging diversity) to actively encourage change. We extend our support to the members of the campus who have had these type of actions perpetrated against them. As New College students we will support any student who is a victim of any hateful act._,


7 The Catalyst Opinion April 12, 2000 Editorial: Too many signs One problem that has plagued our fair campus for the pa s t year i s grow ing worse. It's not the raccoons, although don't think we have forgot ten them in our quest for a pleasant living area No the problem we at the Catalyst would like to ad dress is simpler. Any New College stu dent who was here over spring break knows what Ham i lton Center looks like underneath the signs. Ham Center especially the lobby of Ham Center, is de signed to have a very open feeling to it. Althought the blueprint plan provides for renovating Ham Center it is primarily a student building and it is our job to think of ways to make sure it is a pleasant area. Ham Center is for the most part, the focal point of daily student life. Unfortunately Ham Center's win dows, doors and walls are covered with weather bea ten, overlapping, listserv have to reveal their identity, which has been a problem with sign writing in the past, but people are also more likely to contribute to an email exchange that is accessible from any computer tenoinal with internet access than a sign dis cussion that exists in only one place As for advertising, there are many new fo rums for inform i ng the studen t body about up-coming evertts and deadlines. The listserv although it has met with some criticism, is potentially an efficient way to inform people about important new s For those who still have a valued place in their for the printed word, not only does the Catalyst announce upcom i ng events in our last page, the students could hang a few large squares of carpet somewhere in Ham Center and label it Upcoming Events and Deadlines." That way S t udents could hang a f e w la r ge s quares of carpet somewhere in Ham Center and l abel it "Upcoming eadlines." That way peo p l e wou l d be sav ing money and trees by printing only one sign instead of a dozen, and we would be taking an important step in cleaning up Ham Center. aesthetically displeasing and often outdated signs. Certainly many people accept the signs posted at random around cam pus as part of the New College lifestyle. However when the signs are so thick that it is difficult to see out the windows in the Ham Center lobby in front of Student Affairs, it may be time to reevaluate our prior ities as a community. Besides serving as a forum for the famed New College sign discus sions, the sign in and around Hamilton Center serve only one con ceivable purpose, to advertise upcoming events. As valuable and intelligent as some of the sign dis cussions may have been in the past, for every person interested in witty repartee there is someone interested in using the signs as an anonymous forum for expressing ill thought out, often distasteful opinions. In terms of fostering an ideologi cal dialogue within the community, the listserv, for all of its problems, is a better venue than sign messages. Not only do people posting ta the people would be saving money and trees by printing only one sign in stead of a dozen, and we would be taking an important step in cleaning up Ham Center. That is another important thing to consider. First impressions count. They count when General Heiser tours as the Head of the New College Foundation and they count when perspective students arrive to take a tour of the campus. It is important that we give the impression that we are a community that is mature enough to keep our own space clean and neat, which we are, hopefully. It does not give people that impression if Ham Center is covered in old signs that no one bothers to take down be cause even the people who put up the signs don't feel it is their problem. Whether this problem needs to be addressed by a town meeting, or simply by an increased level of per sonal awareness, it is something that needs to be addressed. It is a prob lem, and it affects quality of life on this campus. \ .. 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners PUBLIC SERVICE: Washington ost. Notably for the work of Katherine Boo that disclosed wretched neglect and abuse in the city's group homes for the mentally retarded, which forced officials to acknowledge the conditions and begin reforms. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: enver Post Staff of Denver Post. For its clear and balanced coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley and,Martha Mendoza of Associated Press. For revealing with extensive documen tation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of Korean civilians in a massacre at the No Gun Ri Bridge. CRITICISM: Henry Allen of Washington Post. For his fresh and authoritative writing on photogra phy. EDITORIAL WRITING: John C. Bersia of Orlando Sentinel. For his passionate editorial campaign at tacking predatory lending practices in the state, which prompted changes in local lending regulations. EDITORIAL CARTOONING: Joel Pett of Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRA PHY: Denver Rocky Mountain News Photo Staff of Denver Rocky Mountain News. For its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School. FEArURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Caro l Guzy Michael Williamson E XP L ANATOR Y R E POR T I N G : and L u cia n Perki ns of Washin g t o n Eric Newhouse of Great Falls (MT) Post For their intimate an d po ignan t Tribune. For his vivid examination images depicting the pl ight of t he of alcohol abuse and the roblems Kosovo refu ees it creates in tbe QOIDIIImdty. BEAT REP O RTING: George Dohrman of St. Paul Pioneer Press. For his determined reporting, de spite negative reader reaction, that revealed academic fraud in the men's basketball program at the University of Minnesota. NATIONAL REPORTING: Wall Street Journal Staff of Wall Street ournal. For its revealing stories that question U.S. defense spending and military deployment in the post-Cold War era and offer alterna tives for the future. INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: Mark Schoofs of Village Voice. For his provocative and enlightening se ries on the AIDS crisis in Africa. FEATURE WRITING: J.R. Moehringer of Los Angeles Times. For his portrait of Gee's Bend, an isolated river community in Alabama where many descendants of slaves live, and how a proposed ferry to the mainland might change it. COMMENTARY: Paul A. Gigot of Wall Street Journal. For his informative and insightful columns on politics and govern ment. 1 "; FICTION: Interpret e r of Maladies by J humpa La h iri ( M arin e r Books/Houghton Mifflin) DRAMA: Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies HISTORY: Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy (Oxford University Press) BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOG RAPHY: Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff (Random House) POETRY: Repair by C.K. Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) GENERAL NON-FICTION: Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower (W.W. Norton & Company{fhe New Press) MUSIC: Life is a Dream, Opera in Three Acts: Act II, Concert Version by Lewis Spratlan Information taken from www.


-8 The Catalyst News Apr i l 12, 2000 Students interview Myles Bowman for Student Affairs position Myles Bowman, currently employed by Eckerd College, applies for New College Associate Director by Darren G u ild There are three accomplishments that Myles E. Bowman, candidate for the new position of New College Associate Director, Student Affairs/Director of Residence Life, is most proud of at his current job as Assistant Director of Residence Life of Eckerd College. The first is "to tally revamping the residence life program" so that students are more satisfied, have a higher level of involvement, and furthering the sense of' community. The second is a "mentor relationship" he bad with a outstanding student where he felt that be had a large impact on the students life. Thir d ly, Bowman is proud of his accomplish ments: "I have formed the kind of relationships at Eckerd that the y are trying hard to keep me rather t ha n pushi n g me out the d oor." University in 1997, where he served as Director, Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center. Bowman has also had experience as a Building Manager, Oglesby Student Union, Judicial Advisor for Greek Life, and as a substitute school teacher. There were only four students, this reporter included, at the meeting which took place at the cafeteria tables in Hamilton Center. One of the students present, second-year Myriam Alvarez, commented that she liked that Bowman had "a fresh perspective," and that be seemed "very de termined to accomplish things From prior experience of assessing candidates, Alvarez added, however, that it is hard to distinguish one candidate from another because they often say similar things. "It is hard to know w h at t hey are really about," she said. liberal arts schools with high achieving students." If he were to get the job and accept it, he tated that he would stress the importance of community involvement and cooperation. Bowman said that be would choose his direction after hearing the needs of the New College Community. "It is up to the faculty, RA' and students to see what needs to be done -and then we'll do it," Bowman com mented. Absent of knowledge of the actual job description, Bowman said some of the specific things that would probably fall under his re pon si bility and need to be addressed were: clean l iness, damage, food service and RA man ageme nt. Bowman stated his feelings that the RA's s h o uld play an especially responsib l e role in resi d ence life so that "you can trust them and go t o the m." Bowma n earne d his B achelor of Arts in Psycholog y in 1995 from The Unive r sity of Tampa. He t hen went o n to get a M .S. i n Edu catio n al leaders h ip from F l ori d a State Bowman emphasized in his meeting t he simi larities b etween Ecker d College and New College "Both Ecke r d College an d Ne w College a r e s m all t h e l o v e of Chris t take m y fo r the s um mer! It's cut e as a lnntt n n C o n tact L aur e n 35 9 9 6 8 2. it ha s cen t ral a ir. Plea s e. lnconceivables are performing Thursday Night at Spm in the This mcredible group of imdo things that are utely astonishing. Yes, I can explain how good they are. In fact I can t conceiv e o f a w ay t o .......... .,. ........... "'" their talent. .&'VJL.Jr'-_. ...... competition. One per institution may be nomi The paper must not exceed (30) pages (endnotes and .......... ,v. u....v pages may be additional be'1on:d the 30-page maximum). In uuu ... v ... the paper must include a abstract. categories for the papers Scholars will be IC11ose: n nationwide. The will be featured at plenary session at the National Collegiate Hon ors Conferenc e i n Washington, D .C., O c t ob er 1 8 20, 2000. In ad dition, eac h Portz Scho la r receiv es a $250.00 st i pend (contingent upon personal presentation of the winning paper at the conference!). The Portz Fund Committee will also pay the Scholars' conference regis ration fees. To submit a paper, please pick up a cover form and instru cti on s in t h e New College Admissions Office, 2nd floor of Robertson. Submissions must be received by Friday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m. An internal review eommittee will be established to select the submission from New College. We at the Catalyst would like to apologize for the bad joke made at the beginning of the announcmen ts. It's just that tbe Inconceivables overwhelm us sometimes I haven't forgotten that your a DungBaby Essays due? Papers looming? Want guidance? Feedback? Help? Dr. MaryBeth Matthews, the new Writing Tutor for New College and University Program students, wiJl be glad to meet wit h you t o di s cu ss your id eas, plans, a nd / or dr a ft s Thi s wond e rful free se rvice i s availabl e three da ys a week: Mondays from 1:00 4:00 Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00 Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 n Preview oom 222 in the edia Center You can arrange a meeting in sev e ral ways: 1. Email Dr Matthews at prof 2. Sign the sign-up sheet posted on the Preview room door. 3. Drop by during the posted hours. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity! Election Petitions are due by Spm in box 590 on 4.13.00!!!!! NCSA Elections will be held on 4.19.00 in Ham Center We at the Catalyst are happy to report that noth ing whatever went wrong this week. Yes, things were quiet. Almost too quiet! Just joking. New College students schould be proud of another crime free week. Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to pre vious articles_, letters and/or editonals, or an op o a is n ended to be shared with the stu dent body Letters to th e E di t or sliould b e no more t h an 250 and are not a forum ror free advertising. Contribution: A factual article written by some one not on staff. Contributions should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College students as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A so licited OP.inion piece. Guest columnists do not y represent the vtews of the Catalyst but rather opinions of which we feel the New College community shoula be made aware. Guest columns may ran_ge in length from 25lf-500 words. All submissions should be received by Friday in box 75 in order to ap pear in the next issue.

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