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Features Vagina Monologues -page4 Review: American Psycho -pageS Volume XI, Issue 8 CSA Historian restg s by Nikki Kostyun As of Friday, April 14th, the ew College Student Alliance i without a Historian. Former Hi to1ian Michael Shannon offi cially resigned from the po. ition, leaving behind a partially organized archive of 'anything and everything r\ew College related." Shannon, a 4th year and Religion/Social Science. major, was the ftr t "officially con titutionally sanctioned historian, and wa a1. "Howev r," Shannon e plained, "b fore the [)Sition of Historian wa in the constitution Rachael Morris tril.:d it out for a emc:ter, du ing this pa-;t spring She brought a new per on onto the cabinet. and that per on was Aaron Caldwell. He was acting a historian without the con titutional authenticity that goe with it. Rachae] wanted to try out what he planned to put in the con stitution before she actually did it." Caldwell left the next emester to study abroad. and Shannon \vas ap pointed that fall. For nearly two mesters and an ISP. Shannon took the daunting task of organizing our filing cabinets of 'amazing amount of information. he explained. He also explained that the information, located in the 1 CSA office in the back of Hamilton Center. ranges "from prc [New Colle"e and USFJ merger minutes f committee meetings to n erger records to publications. However. they arc in disarray. They are till in di array but are in a lot better shape." Uufm1l natcly, Shannon c, nnot continue to array the infom1ation. "Due to academic changes. I was going to 1m. h up my Hi. torian du ties by the end of the semester. However, I recently found out that Opinion Editorial: Trust us and vote, etters To the E tor -page 7 Welcome to Hell. May we take your order? April 19, 2ooo Washington D.C. clashes with protesters Protesters are concerned about the economies of underdeveloped nations by Heather Whitmore Washington D.C.'s police chief. Charles Ram ey, phra ed hi battle cry succinctly. "They ain't burning our city like they did Seattle." Met wilh picket signs and police lines the econd International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings began April ll and clo ed April 17 with a final program initiative to addre. sloan payment program in impover IShed countries. Police arrested about 200 prote:-.ter and tear oas was tired in i olated incidents Monday April 17, but many of the demon tration proceeded peacefully. Several thouand protesters began gathering M nday at dawn near the International Monetary Fund and World Bank build ings, a few blocks from the White Hou e, where world financial leaders began a meeting two hours ahead of schedule in order to avoid them. Police estimate there have been more than 900 arre t since the demonstra tions began eight day ago District f Columhia police i hanOliO the cr wds. The final da of me tinos wa. marked by an announcement by World Bank Pre ident Jame Wolfen ohn and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Acting Managing Director Stanley Fi cher of the e. tab li hment of a Joint IM /World Bank Implementation Committee (JIC). The JIC's mi sion i to coordinate Poltce break up Wa.shington pmte.\t against meet in '.\ of the IMF and the World Bank. work on two hi h prionty JOint Bank!IMF initiative the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) program. The JIC will over. ee SEE "PRm .srs" VI!\' PAGE 6 A t tutor a to make Hamilton Center classy In a series of art 'ihows, Hamilton Center will be showcasing student art by Max Campbell 'Hamilton Center is a drab. qualid hellho l e." his is the quintessential rea. oning behind fir t-year Nathan Hoover's cru:ade to grace the building'. hallowed yet un sightly hall. with a gala di. play of student artwork. Hoover. who began orchestrating this infu. ion of campus culture and imagination at the start of this module a a tu tori, I sponsored by Profe sor Le lie fry, plans on holding two art shows over the next few week tenta tively scheduled for April 24 and May 8. Hi efforts, he hopes, will eta precedent for future attempts to beautify the ugly cent r. "I' e been thinking for a while that Hamilton Center was a barren. sterile environment," Hoover explai cd. I thought student artwork will im prove that." "I think he's right," Fry commented during a epa rate interview. "It r ally doe need some en e of life in there." She explained lhat Hoover. who i enrolled in her Public Art cour c this term, were given an assignment in v.hich they could ch se any site in Sarasota Kto look around the space: in their daily life and see how art af fects it." Hamilton Center wa the location which Hoover chose, and h wa inspired to make a difference. In an e-mail he ent out over the taff Iistser he ex plained his intention to "explore the potential for Hamilton Center to be an exhibition space for artwork .. enerated by ew ollcge and niversity Program.' Among his projected benefits for this project are the ideas that "Hamilton Center would be a more inviting and creatively timulating envir nment, art on campu would gain a louder voice, and a sort of increas d com munication between New College and UP tudent would likely be encouraged." When interviewed, Campus Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweis en thusiastically concurred. "Hamilton Center should a focal point for New College culture. but it' drab and dreary. There should be a howca e for 1 ew College tu dents' artistic talent With the lack of a real gallery on our campu., this is the next best thing we could do." Hoover aid that his project wa. still in a tate of relative infancy, but de. cribed the re ponses he' received from the campu taft and student body a extremely helpful: I have gotten a lot o feedback ... and a Jot of helpful ideas; ever thing from sugge tion of different spaces where the art show might be held to safety i ue ." The last of the e has heen the only major problem to afflict SEE 'ART SIIOWS" Q, P.4.GE 3
2 The Catalyst Hundreds arrested in World Bank protests After an hour-long standoff at the police barricades, a mere one block away from the World Bank and Jntemational Monetary Fund buildings in Washington DC, protesters rally ing against the globalization of the world economy were allowed to cross the barrier in small groups and then face arrest. The protest ers had originally voted to storm the barricades and disrupt the World Bank meetings by force, but instead settled on submitting to the arrests as a peaceful protest. Washington Deputy Police Chief Terrance Gainer, who had helped to negotiate this solution, was presented with a bunch of roses by the protesters Police esti mated that on Monday April 17, several hundred were held in detention out of the crowd of 5000. Not all of the protest has been so peace ful. While Mayor Anthony Williams denied the use of excessive force by the police, pepper spray was frequently employed, and one group of 200 masked protesters was accidentally tear gassed after surrounding some world trade delegates. "The officer got out, (and) thought he was throwing a smoke grenade to break up the crowd, Williams explained "and it actu ally was tear gas." Thus far however the protesters who claimed to be 20,000 in num ber, have been largely kept under control. Sharon Alexander, a 49-year-o1d protester from Boulder, Co., said she had taken part in the Seattle protests, which she described as "a lot more fun." She added that the Washington po-. Seattle counterparts. Dow and NASDAQ resurgent after Friday plunge (AP) Friday, April 14 saw a nasty fall on the Wall Street stock exchange, with Dow and NASDAQ plummeting into record losses of 617 points and 355 points, respectively. The drop came about when investors, worried about the effects of rising inflation and interest rates on company profits, began dumping stocks in every sector and causing prices to fall across the board. NASDAQ lost a quarter of its value over the course of the week. General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby News Monday saw a continuing drop in the stock of most companies, with those declining in value outnumbering advancing issues by 3-2. Dow Jones, however, was up 88.42 points after recovering from a 26 point dip, and NASDAQ rose 80.68 points. Renewed interest in popular and big-name stocks showed a sign of stability, even as overseas markets continued to fall in response to Friday's losses. Investigation of embassy bombing reveals NATO incompetence In the aftennath of NATO's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade last May, China has repeatedly and angrily accused America of making it a deliberate attack. A recent investi gation by the New York times, prompted by suggestions in two European newspapers that the bombing was indeed deliberate provided no evidence that the bombing was a deliberate act, but did reveal a much wider circle of in competence in what the government bas claimed to be a blunder by a few Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials. The targeting proposal the first in the war, was submitted by the CIA's Counter Proliferation Division, a division not known for its expertise in either the Balkan s or in s elect ing bombing targets. The embas s y was falsely identified as a warehouse and headquarters of Yugoslavian army procurement, and then as a target without further investigation. One senior intelligence official said that it should have embassy bore no resemblance to any warehouse or Serbian government building. Although CIA officials have said that they never attempted their suggested target to be a complete proposal, but only a nomination, it was quickly approved on all levels. "This target came with an aura of authority because it came from the CIA," said John J. Hamre, then deputy secretary of defense. According to the New York Times, a thor ough review of the target was never conducted. The CIA went on to suggest two or three more targets after the embassy bombing, but, perhaps understandably, the Pentagon refused to strike them. April 19, 2000 Elian case to go to court The long-running, high profile campaign surrounding Elian Gonzalez continues. As of Thursday, April 13, Judge J.L. Edmondson of the 11th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a temporary stay order which prevents Gonzalez from returning to Cuba. On Monday, April 17, three federal court judges began reviewing a request from the U.S. gov ernment to drop the order. As these judges have been sequestered in their offices, there is currently no way of knowing when their deci sion will come. According to Attorney General Janet Reno, whose own attempt at reuniting young Gonzalez failed the previous week, said that the government would not act until the judges had passed on their decision. However she expressed her belief that the court should not help Lazaro Gonzalez the boy's great-uncle, as he had violated federal orders to turn the child over to the government. When the April 13 deadline passed by unheeded, Lazaro's custody over Elian was officially revoked. Justice Department officials say that if Elian is handed over to the custody of his fa ther, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, they would both be o r dered to stay in America until an appellate de c i s ion ha s been reached on the asylum hear ing that Lazaro Gonzalez has requested for Elian. The Miami Cuban exile community remains vehemently opposed to the idea of Elian's return to Cuba. On April 13, more than 4000 protesters gathered outside of Elian's Monday, 60 protesters remained on around-the cl ock v igil there. Information compiled from The Associated Press, Reuters, and The New York Times. The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. Layout Editors Mario Rodriguez and Michael Sanderson Online Editor and Buisness Manger Nikki Kostyun The Catalyst is an academic tutorial spon sored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photoshop and Quark Xpress for PowerMacintosh and printed at the Bradenton Herald with money provided by the New College Student 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 labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the on the "Public" file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to email@example.com. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. Copy Editor Kathryn Dow Photography Heather Whitmore and Kelly Jones Staff Writers Max Campen, Darren Guild, Ryan McConnick Price. Esq., Leah Schnelbach Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@ virtu.sar. usf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit ubmissions for space, grammar or style. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Saturday in order to appear in the following week's issue.
3 The Catalyst News Interviews With The Gods will provide irreverent fun April 19, 2000 The student play was spawned over five years ago by a tenth grade English assignment. by Kathryn Dow and goddesses. A few humans are in the cast as well, such as the apostle Paul Eris would be proud Two weeks from showtime, Interviews With the and a Dianic priestess. As one might expect, things get interesting on the set Gods is still in a state of chaos Writer/Director Leah Schnelbach, who is also of the show Fourth-year Kenya Chavez, who plays Lilith, agreed with the a Catalyst staff writer is feeling pretty positive about the whole thing, and suggestion that she has been typecast. When asked if she really eats souls, with good reason. The actors may be scrambling to flll vacated roles, but the she quickly responded that she prefers fresh men. "Sometimes they're chemistry's there The premise is excellent, and the play itself may yet go off slightly salty if they're scared," she said, evoking her character's spirit perwithout a hitch. Or without too many hitches, anyway. fectly. Schnelbach, a third-year transfer student, wrote the original draft of the Lilith shares a set with such dignitaries as her son Satan. played by play in tenth grade. Students were assigned to write a play about someone Roman Catholic third-year Patrick Annshaw, and the aforementioned Jesus. they'd always wanted to interview, and she and a friend got into an argument Her role as a female deity is juxtaposed against that of the infamous Virgin about whether to use God or Satan as the subject. Well, they thought, why Mary who second-year Crystal Oliver has been chosen to represent. The ex not do both, or even multiple gods? They presented the idea to the teacher, pected conflicts are funny and clever. "It's funnier than Hamlet Machine," who liked it, and promptly went to the school library to do research. Instead said Chavez. (Hamlet Machine was a previous New College student producof doing research, they fooled around for an hour, and in Schnelbach's words tion.)While the play is certainly humorous, it does also effectively portray "wrote a terrible play that completely ripped off Monty Python ... and we got the different roles played in religious history by different figures, even if all an 'A'." the mythical characters are heavily blanketed with satirical tomfoolery. It Some years later, in her first year at New College, she tried to revive the also brings some lesser-known gods to the stage, such as Raven, an American idea. "I've been trying to do this since I got here," she started. Three more Indian trickster god. years later, the project is fmally reaching fruition, after several rewrites and The play is still coming together, and the surprise guests haven't con changes. The cast consists of many students who were involved in the fall firmed, but things look good One of Schnelbach's goals is to videotape the production of Pat Griffm's "Hephaestus and Aphrodite," giving them the play in such a way that it could eventually be run on television as a mock talk chance to play gods once more. Griffin himself, a thesis student, will be playshow, with mock commercials included. Like "Hephaestus and Aphrodite" ing the role of Zeus this time around. Third-year Michael Olson, the former before it, "Interviews With the Gods" is a Pirate Radio production. (Pirate Zeus, now has a chance to play Jesus. Radio is a loose organization originally formed by Griffin in 1998. Its ftrSt ''I think Mike just showed up for the wrestling and then I offered him project was a series of radio plays.) Fourth-year James Sheridan who is cast Jesus and he accepted." Schnelbach was impressed by the turnout for her aua s Muhammed s a ys i t's nice t o be in another Pirate Radio production ... and dition which went very well. The audition wa s hel d in the fishbow l, near thi s time we 're a ctu a ll y being h ones t about how much we' re fucking around." the Hamilton Cente r TV. Many peopl e s howed up she sai d "some of th em Th at notwithstanding the play w ill be h e ld in S aine r on Ap ril 28 and 29, s ay s a c tually int e re sted in t h e pl a y thou g h most were j u st t h ere to watch Schnelbach "unless something goes dr a stically wro n g If s omething does wr estli n g. Whether their original in t entions were to be in a play or not, she's the production may be transs ubst an t iated into a radio pl a y quite h appy wit h remain s of the cast. There have bee n lot of c h anges s h ow hold s very little sac r ed, mocking se v er al traditions in she was quick to note that g ood working with it." The April 11 audition proved that A s th e ac to r s and a: tresses trickled in, the idea begin to come to hfe. The prenuse of the p lay I a typical daytime TV-style talk show, where almost all the guests are gods more involved in their roles as gods, one can only assume they will expect a not a bly l arge aud i e n c e. OJ on ma y have put it best when he said "Verily I say unto you, I am G od's PR Man. W o r ship m e." Hoover wants to improve the decor in Hamilton Center !FROM "ART ON PAGE 1 I his planning :While attempting to solicit the contribution of student artwork through conferences and posters advertising his project Hoover found a among the students about the fate their beloved masterpteces nught meet tf displayed unprotected. . A far as safety solutions go, Hoover prorrused, w11l definitely be done ... I'll do what I can." The most basic protectlve measures to be taken will include the removal of the works during any Walls, or other potentially hazardous times. Blaweiss suggested that glass display cases might be installed to preserve the works, as well. Right now we're looking for the money to install them," he said. "The money may _come from the SAC, or the Hamilton Center budget ... I'll probably be asking at the Physical Plant, too." For her own part, Fry said that "When Nathan and I fl_fst over 1 didn't know if there was any budget available for secunty. I srud, 'Let as sume that there is no security. How will you deal with it?"' of options which was discussed was that students, informed of the nsk to thelf be encouraged to submit less-precious pieces, which mmd being taken or defaced. "Another thing we talked about, satd, was that people could bring in works designed to hang from the ceilmg. In that case there would be more opportunities for sculptural works, and there would be no danger of them being defaced." This latter option is one which Hoover elected to follow. Whtle the 24 art show will have no particular theme. "Pain_ting and photography lS the bulk of it," he said, "There will be a really vaned subject matter por traits to abstract." The May 8 show will be a display of the hanging art. This, Hoover said in a_n to the Catalyst, "would stu dents the chance to display threedimensiOnal work safely, and could mclude works such as piiiatas, mobiles, and He went on to explain that explam that, smce this would leave the wall barren drawings and all planning goes these hangmg works as well as any other related materials, w1ll be dtsplayed on the ";'alls. Such he expects, will be fashioned specifically for the occasiOn of the second show due to the unusual nature of As curator, Hoover's main criteria in the to be dis played concerns the area which it is to be displayed m: to know that their work may not be totally safe not ts this (Hamilton Center) a public gathering space, but also an eatmg so there some taste issues for the audience" (in other words, artasts should from contributing works which may make the rest of us hork up our Mamott dinners) d In his view, the art shows will be less of a solitary of an enduring effort to transform Hamilton Center from ms1p1d to mspmog. He expressed the hope that his efforts leave a framework for of an artistic bent to follow in his proverbtal footsteps: I d hke_ to create some guidelines, so that even if I didn't continue it, this sort of thing could still go on." "I think that we were thinking about this as a pilot project, to see bow exhibitions in tha t space will be received," Fry agreed. "If enthusiastically received, it could continue on to next m tt might become the job of a committee ... it's a big expenment, basically. He,, kids, bring vour artsv-fartsv enoeavors to "'atnan Hoover! He can be reached at Box 79. his extension on campus, 2-5132. or his e-mail address. NOblesavage@aol.com
4 T he Catal y s t News A p ril 1 9 2 000 Vagina Monologues meet with applause in Sainer auditorium T he pla y was i n s p i red by a variety of interviews with women across the country and the world b y Mario Rodrigu e z Secondyear M egan Cooney smiled to herself as she stalked up the pa t hway to Pei. "I just want to know what everybody was thinking about. The only thing on my mind was my vagina." So she said after after watching New College's April 8 performance of The Vagina Monologues in Sainer auditorium. New York City playwright/performer Eve Ensler wrote the Obie award-winning play, which was performed in 1998 off Broadway by uch luminaries as Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Winona Ryder and Calista Flockhart. Ensler gave free rein to college campuses all over the country to perform The Vagina Monologues so long as they donated proceeds to local domestic violence centers. The New College version wa originally to be one of many per formed on Valentines' Day 2000 (what Ensler engendered as The V-Day 2000 College Initiative). The director. fourth-year Sarah Himmelheber decided to give the players more time to flesh out the performance. "I wanted it to be something that people worked collaboratively on and then presented at the end as a project," she explained, noting that all of the 28 women who came to the informational meeting were involved in the play. Ins tead o f a e rie. of isolated monologues, Himmelh e ber dec i ded the red-and-bla c k-clad c a t should mingle on stage, as if i n the midst of a 0 berry, rain. I don't want my pussy to smell like berries or rain!'' The Vagina Monologues were originally conceived as a one woman show. Ensler based them on three years of interviews with women ranging from septegenarians to Bosnian rape victims. Himmelheber first saw The Vagina Monologues performed by the Florida Studio Theater. She initially aimed to bring the play to local high schools, but had to abandon the idea when the school board deemed the content inappropriate. After that, the question became whether or not it was important to bring a play to New College stressing the word 1 ment a n y comic undertones. According ro Himm.e lbeber thi s was th e f1cst time the p lay h a d been performed by a group of women acting in concert. ''Picture your normal coffeehouse. A bunch of women sitting around and talking. Then all they're talking a b out i s their vaginas. That's what m akes [ thi s ver sio n ] funny. The fact th at it's conver s at i onal make s it funny ," s he sai d She cited one particularly animated s egmen t e ntitl e d My Angry Vagina: "Have you ever s een t h e beginning of GLOW where they get together and talk s hi t about one another? That's how I wanted it to be. like tag-team women s wrestling. The placement of actors on stage April 8 oddly resembled the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom, from which six angry vaginas emerged to confront the audience. "Stop shoving things up me! Stop shoving and cleaning it up! My vagina doesn t need to be cleaned up! It smell s good al ready!" proclaimed an outraged Second-year April Wagner All those douche s prays floral "Things like The Vtzgina Monologues give me a litde epiphany/ start/boost to rise to the occasion of being a woman." -Jennifer Shaw I Eve En s l e r wrote The Vagin a Mono logues, w hich w ere a s ma s h hit on broadwa y vagina 128 times. Himmelheber pointed out that although New College tends to th i nk of itself a s openminded, even if you might not feel there 's a struggle going on here there' s a struggle going on outside [the campu s ]. In her role as The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could, Fourthyear Jennifer Shaw calmly re l ated instances of s exual abu s e her chara c ter would have endured as a child Abu s e like being punched in the vagina by her brother ye t be i ng to l d never to let people touch her down ther e by her mother Whatever happens to women [in terms of s exual abu e) they usually blame themselve s for it ," s aid Shaw 'To ha v e a story about a woman who has overcome [the traumatic se xual experien c e s o f her childhood] serves as an excellent role mode l." Shaw said being in The Vagina Monologu es made her feel beautiful and connected with a part nor mally neglected. Thing s l ike The Vagina Monologue s give me a l i ttle epiphany/start/boost ," she said, to rise to the occasion of be i ng a woman. For more infonnation v i s it www. "I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them ... So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues I talked with hundre d s of women. .I talked t o old e married women, single women, lesbians, college profe ssors, corporate profes s ionals sex workers Mrican American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first, women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they .got going, you couldn't stop them." -Eve Ensler
s T he Entertainment A"':erzcan Psycho ails to scare o istu b its a diences Aeril 19, 2ooo Bale s Bat eman l ack s the e d h h ner gy an t e umanlt y to prOJect his rage into the audience. by Shano n Ing les If you 1 king for a mart. u penseful It's H ip to be quareH b y Hue y Lew is and the a n d horror flick. don't see American after explainin g the so ng's pop cultur al P sycho: But 1f you want to laugh at some dork B ateman'. c h a r ac ter i n't chil1ing h o thmks 's wielding an axe. this is h ndtculou He does not move th e aud i e n ce JUSt the mov1e you rc looking for. because t h e audience cann ot r e l a t e w ith hi m Directed by Mary Hannon and ba ed 00 the t'a? cannot ha n d l e be in g both B ret Easton Ellis novel, American Psvcho mg at th arne tim e. I n t ead, he i s onl y p romised to be a chilling satire on the Like a mall child tryin g t o b uiJy a larg e i:m of. the 19 ?ut it only managed to make arou n d the p l ayground, B a l e make. a pa fun of ttself. Th1s thck could definitely u. c ales ou t of B ate m an. not a s p i n e tin gli ng so n from Alfred Hitchcock. killer. Hts rage does not e x tend beyond h i tho u It i not that American Ps.vcho is too Yiolent or sand dollar uit, 1 t alone touch th a u dien ce. grap h1c. In fact, most of the really oritty violence Sorry, Hannon; Bateman i. no onnan B a te that the novel is so infamous for doen't even Bale's perfom1ance can barely compe t e wit h m ake it into the movie. And what doe. oet in is uch. chilling role that have been portrayed in d isappointing at the most. The movtes such asP ydw, Thl' Silence vftlte Lambs threesome wa more comical than erotic or dis-Seven and The Shining. While t h se thrillers masThe lacks the exual intensity terfully weav a us n ion f Ji belief around veractty that IS dtsplayed in Instinct and the their audiences. American P\-ycho leaves its viewv ie\\er doc not witne a powerful and ferocious ers di tanced and unbelieving. x ual predator. like Alex from Clockwork Americarz Psyclw re ents its audience. with O range. Instead. one observes an fitne -crazed a so elitist and shallow that where yo 1 eat d o r k h a ing .ex \\ ith unimpre ed prostit u tes, IS important than who you're e; ling while he adnurc the muscle definition in his Christian Bale Patrick Bateman. the psycho who dm ner WJth (or in Bateman'. case: who you are arms goes the movie its title. eatmg). onetheles the atire is as shallow as Doe n 'r he look like a dork? h 1 h e t JUSt as impotent a the ex. t e trying to atirize. The superficial Thts m ovie. make s a nak e d m an running down a hallway with a chain aw a matenahsm IS so over dramatized and portrayed fu aA d that It lo e an y Itnk to the greed that plagues reality The i.ewer cea. e to n ny a naJr. u 1enc aven 't laughed this much since the ineffectual In b 1 Dre a m lat o erve a socaa c?mmentary and instead witnes es the ineffectual concerns Any hope th a t th1s movie will scare or dasturb grow limp a psychoparhi playbo y P a trick Ba tema n (Chri tian Hale) laughters a slick corporate u1ficer Shannon views position of istorian as important to CSA the i. sponsor is leaving the cme:-. ter I was pl a nning to do my baccalaurea t e, which would have been next princ. So I'm having to ba ically give up anythtng and everyth i ng that doe n 't have to do with my thesi or my reqUired ci a e o l can futi h my thesis before my pon or leaves. When I found that out I wrote up and sub mitted my l etter o f re ignation to Rachael [Morri and the cabinet and let Mark [Biaweiss] Barbara Bergeren, and Alena [Scandura] know." "I won't be hi tori an anymore but I v. ill till be keeping it in the back of my head that I don't \\>ant to leave thi po ition completely empty," reminded Shannon Currently there i one tud nt interested in fiJling the po ition of Hi torian Shannon explained that the mtere ted party "is running for another oftice, and hi decision is going to be ba ed on the deci ion of the election." hannon al o sent out a me age on the list erv when he first thought he was going to re ign, which yielded only one re pon e. e're thinking that it would be good to do that again after the elections fi r those people who are motivated to be invo l ved in studen t government. but maybe the evil elec t rate didn't elect them, so to ay, elaborated Shannon. "I will he available to that per on on a limited basi to help them out with whatever need to ha pen, like explaining the organizational y tern that Rachael and I devi ed or redoing fil e stuff like that." In general, the information included in the archive is tudent government related. Shannon e plamed that thi mcludes not only minute of commit tee and uch but also anything student government funded, like one copy of every publication. We have a copy of both the ew College COs. If some one wanted to stick their paper in there becau e they thought it would be u eful to a future Novo Collegian, I would encourage them to do it. "We are also trying to get more multimedia stuff like tudent film and uch. nfortunately, communication ha only tarted to happen between var iou branche For example, mo t tudent don t know that everyone who goes before the SAC is technically constitutionally suppo ed to give me a copy of anylhing they do, but we're workin on thing like that. I hope that whoever: replace me continues that work, and I know that a long as they 're under Rachacl Morri I know th y will, becau he will make ure that they do. All of the archi ed media in the office is accessible to all New C liege students CSA Cabinet members, the student court Chief Ju ticc, and the c hairperson of the CCA and the CSA have a key to the CSA office. Accordmg to the con tinttion, anyone is welcom to access that infonna tion. anyone i welcom to photocopy the information, but nothing can leave the archtve without the Historian' pennis i n, explained Shann n Rachael will be defaulting to the dut ies of Historian She won't be arch i v ing, but if anyone need something they can go to her. During his reign Shannon was able to organize all infonnation pertaining to campus council, student court, town meeting PCP and more. Left to be organized are sections including rientation, graduation, master plan, and AC. Shannon al o explained that there s till about a filing cabinet worth of stuff that I haven t actually gotten to yet." It i al o a re pon ibility of the po ition to keep current infonnation coming into the archives, a ta. k which Shannon noted has not been kept up to peed for the past few year "Organizati n and labeling is a fust priority, getting it out of that office i a cond pri rity becau e that office 1 horribly ventilated and very moldy and freezing. It is possible that during the Hamilton Center office and Cop Shop reorganization that the CSA office will be moved into a better room hannon wants to remind everyone that "Historian i not as boring a it eem It' a good thing Help out New College Heal o realize that "it' time to move on and remember that this i only a temporary part of my life at ew College I need to not tay here and do things forever."
6 The Catalyst News April 19, 2000 Facu ty Lecture Series: Can humans hear the shape of a drum? Professor McDonald delivers a lecture on Spectral Geometry in Sudakoff. by Mario Rodriguez So, what did you think of the show? "I dont understand math so I couldn't give very good answers," said third-year Religion tudent Leah Schnelbach. But come on! Give it a hot. The lecturer even said it him elf; this is all conceptual, with zero computation. Fourth-year Mike Carlisle spoke up "Not much computation, but enough notation to lose you." Well... For his installment of the faculty lecture series, Mathematic Profe sor Pat McDonald posed the question, "Can a person tell the difference between two idealized drum head ?" The March 22 lecture, "Can You Hear the Shape of a Drum?" took its title from a seminal article which ushered in a new subfield in mathematics, pectral geometry. "The problem I'm talking about is really rich ," McDonald said, periodically tapping on miscellaneous drums as he paced back and forth between two whiteboards in Sudakoff He cited applications in biology, psychology and engineering: from understanding the mechanics of hearing, to how mammals differentiate sounds to computerized voice recognition. To understand the problem, said McDonald, you can look at simpler ex amples, such as a vibrating tring, the one dimensional analog of a drum head. ''This has a simple solution. You can hear the shape of a stretched string," McDonald asserted. To describe the motion of the string, McDonald wrote an equation on the board He then enumerated the reasoning behind the formula. In the process he explicated a mode of mathematical reasoning close to his heart: analysis ''The equation that I wrote down has three parts," he began. ''The flrst part is an equation that involves rates of change of something ... the second thing is a condition that say how a ystem behaves at its boundaries ... and the third thing i omething that ay how a system behaves initially. What analysis is is just a branch of mathematics that arose to study propertie of system that ings a oo e e e ee part McDonald stalked more furiously as he considered the originator of these exotic creatures, or differential equations "Nothing stuns me as much as reading Newton," he puzzled. "The idea that you can distill from physics a completely mathematical problem and then generate an algorithm for solv ing the huge class of the e problem i shocking. Nothing irnilar to this occurs anywhere else ." For the problem at hand, called the Dirichlet eigenvalue problem for the drum head (which drove the development of 19th century mathematics, by the way), Newton's methods come full circle, allowing computation to reveal a fundamental physical truth. "Draw a drum head, isolate a small mas ele ment, apply ewton's laws. What you'll get is an equation that looks hockingly imilar to the one dimensional case,'' said McDonald "If I apply ewton's laws to my drum head, I get a partial differential equation: a boundary condition, that say at the boundary of my drum the head doesn't move, the membrane is pulled tight." He rapped his fingers on a drum. Certain other features of the equation called eigenvalues don t work out so nicely, however. The equations for two different drums can have the same eigenvalues. "There are some drums that have the same ... sound that are not the same," announced McDonald. "You cannot rotate them around and translate them on top of each other ." If analysi cannot determine exactly which drum is which how far off is it? Are there at least a finite number of shapes associated with a given drum timbre? "And the answer is, no, alas ... ," lamented McDonald, "there are ac tually infinite families of shapes [and) structures that are exactly the same. Is this at all disappointing? "If it were true, then analysts would make more money ," McDonald aid. "So it's unsatisfying in that respect ." McDonald did point out, however, there are sequences of frequencies which uniquely determine a drum head That is, if you nail down one parameter of the drum its area, say, then you can get a positive I.D The first real result on the Dirichlet problem was given by McDonald's thesis advisor, who postulated there is a way to think about the problem so that the number of heads with a similar frequency response is small. McDonald noted this problem is closely related to an ancient problem of the Greeks that given a certain area which shape has minimal perimeter? As for why McDonald turned to math as opposed to physics, his original course of study he offered : "with everything in physics, things are true, mod ulo orne level of approximation. And with math things are just true." Resounding laughter. McDonald said he never quite got this straight. But actually, he did, which is why McDonald knows in reality you CAN hear the shape of a drum. "I can build examples that sound the same," he em phasized. "I'm not saying all examples sound the same. In fact, building thing that sound the arne is an extremely difficult and technical problem." So what did some of the laymen in the audience think of thi ? The u ually non-mathematically oriented people toward whom Carlisle seemed to think the ecture was geared ou know, umanities type ? Music Professor Stephen Miles alluded to composers using spectral geometry so that their music is very much about the spectral composition of the ound. So when they're creating harmony, they're creating a harmony out of the analysis of the resonance of a particular tone, and creating directional harmony that works with differences in tone. What? "Compo ers have always done this," he explained, "but they're using spectral geometry to do this with much greater precision." In tead of more conventional notions ofJlarmony, these compo ers start with the har monic eries and u e it to analyze the harmonic of mu ic, the way it i projected differently by different instruments, and to develop harmonic po s sibilitie Miles summed it up nicely. "Listening to this lecture reminded one that compo ers, physicists and mathematician all deal with the same phenome non in different ways there is an intersection." Protesters include diverse ideologies and affiliations FROM ''PROTESTS" ON PAGE J of HIPC and PRSP to ensure that both are implemented smoothly and will provide a means for re olving any differences in approach that may ari e. It will monitor progre in implementing both programs, and coordinate the production of regular reports and briefing to the Executive Board The JIC will al o assi t the External Relations departments of both institutions in ensuring consistent and effective external communications. Protester clogged traffic in the city and cau ed the closure of some Metro stations. In a rare move, the federal government ordered only emergency workers to report for work on Monday in a large area surrounding the IMF and World Bank. By daybreak, authorities already had spirited most of the conference delegates by bus to the meeting site in the heart of downtown. At one intersection, helmeted police ftred pepper spray to disperse demonstra tors who were trying to storm barricades. Forming a coalition called the Mobilization for Global Justice, 200 inter national groups were represented at the meetings. Their ranks range from such well-recognized bodies as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth to niche cults supporting witchcraft and even a pie-throwing club the Global Pastry Uprising from Brooklyn. Notably diverse, the march protesters are of all ages, from college students to graying hippies, and from many walks of life. They have come from all over America and from overseas. Overwhelmingly left-wing, their goals are to protect the environment, abolish Third World debt, defend human rights, oppose genetic engineering, denounce poverty and much more. To them, the World Bank., IMF and WTO form a global triad that forces poor countries to restructure their economies in favor of big bu iness World Bank and IMF offictals say they are already making improvements, but pressure from the streets may well encourage them to adopt more. The e international policy improvements should include greater transparency about their loans and construction projects. As for the future, the new protest movement is planning more demon strations at thi summer's presidential nominating conventions. Then it will be on to Prague for the September meetings of the World Bank and the IMF. Information taken from London Tunes, ABC.com, and imf.org. For more infonnation about the IMF and World Bank: go to www.imf.org World Bank: www. worldbank.org, Global Trade Watch: www.tradewatch.org; Mobilization for Global Justice: www.a16.org
7 The Catalyst Opinion April 19, 2000 Ed.torial: NCSA elections are today! Contribution Guidelines It is important to vote in the New College Student Alliance elections There is probably no sentiment more often repeated or more frequently ig nored. It almost seems that there is no way to convince a seemingly ap athetic student body that they should take five minutes out of their busy schedules to vote for people they most likely do not know. How people can be convinced to vote has baffled democracies from time immemorial. in the past, a signifigant portion of the eligable population voted because they were voting to uphold their in terests. It is worth noting that the percentage of the population who was eligible to vote was much smaller in the past. It is natural for an elite to vote consistently when it is they who have both the most to gain and the most to lose. Here at New College we have no explicit elites. Everyone from the fresh-faced first-year to the most well connected fourth year has the right to vote. The problem would seem to be that most New Colle g e students d o not feel that they have any motive to vote. On reason people are consistently told to vote on this campus is that student government is necessary to protect the rights and privileges of New College. This is true. The NCSA is essentially a union, an or ganization which bands students together in order to exert our com bined influence. In that context, it might not seem very important to vote. There will be NCSA officers elected regardless of a low voter turnout. It is perfectly reasonable to assume that no NCSA officer is going to act against New College. It becomes hard to see why students would think that voting was in their best interest. Catalyst does not have any mag1c answers. Everyone has heard the arguments for voting, in their High School government classes if no where else. In this situation, all Letter to The Editor: A s to pre vious letters anc;l/9r editoqa or an op1n1on that IS Intended to be shared with the stu-Ededq.t bodY.. Letters to the 1tor should be no modre than 250 words, fan are not a forum for ree advertising. CQntribution: A factual arttcle wntten by someone not on staff should be tn ormattve and perti nent to the interests of New Colleg_e students as a whole. Contributions mf ay range in length rom 250-'500 words. we at the Catal y st can do is repeat what others have said. It is impor tant that students make an effort to vote The outcome of these ele ctio n s doe s influ e nce ev e r y s tud e n t on campu s U ni o ni zation has always be en in the best interest of students and workers alike. If you vote, the NC A becomes strcmiCrc:-"TiliSt -il'rl on this one. Col:ur.nn: A sobelted optn19n piece. Guest cqlumrusts do not represent the b vtews of the Catalyst ut. rather ORinions ot which we feel the New College community should be made aware. Guest columns may ran_ge in length from 25U: 500 words. All submissions should be turp.ed into box 7 5 or e-mailed to catalyst@virtu, by Fnday at 5pm. Letters to the Editor: Vandalism, PCPs, Signs Response to Vandalism As many of you know, over SQring break the dorm room of one of our students was vandalized. In addition to some property damage, a small swastika was diawn on a wall poster. We don't know if this was a hate crime or an unconscionable prank. The .campu.s e con ductmg an tnvestlgatiOn. At lier request, the student has been moved to another dorm room. She has been encouraged to meet with staff in our Counseling Center. Several faculty, along with Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss, have offered to be of special assistance to the student. In addition, the newly created Camfus Diversity Committee wil be Jl?.eeting in emergency ses Sion to plan additional ways for the campus to respond. This is not the frrst incident of destructive, threatening and intolerant behavior on our campus over the last few years. But in a community that values di versity, individual rights and liberal learning, even one such incident IS abhorrent and inexcusable. We must take a strong stance against any act that betrays the oasic pnnciples to which this com munity is dedicated. I intend to place this issue on the agenda of our April faculty meeting so that we can d1scuss how best to proceed. Dean Bassis CoJlege Hall no Place for PCPs Our campus police force is doing everything in its power to make our campus, and specifi cally our PCPs, safe and pleasant. This is an extremely laudable at tempt, but exiling every large party down to College Hall is not the way to do it. When I read the Queer Ball article in last week's Catalyst, I noticed a very queer little fact. Officer McCue was quoted as saying that putting the party in college hall "turned out to be better for us" while the re porter noted that there were still 300 students in the music room at the end of the drag show. Standing on a chair in the very back of the room, sweating the last bit of moisture from my body due to the extreme temperature, I read a brilliant red room capacity sign warning that occupancy by more than 120 individuals was unlaw ful by flre marshal's orders. I wonder how this can be safe and "better". June GwaJthney box742 phone ext. 5177 (but I'm always here in the maclab) Ham Center signs no eyesore Dear Catalyst, I do not share the Editor's opinion that Hamilton Center's signs are an eyesore. As students and faculty at a liberal arts col lege, it is one of our primary duties to maintain healthy debate and a free flow of ideas in our community. Although the signs in Hamilton Center can sometimes become faded and un readable, I would rather see these symbols of a tradition of free speech than bare walls. I do not agree with many of Hamilton Center's postings, but I think that the building and the college itself would be diminished by their re moval or curtailment. Our signs are not a problem -they are one of our greatest assets. Sincerely, Morgan Bennett 4th Year -
v 8 The Catalyst Announcements April 19, 2000 Wendsday and Thursday April 19 -20: 'The Marijuana Conference" Fetish BaD is this Saturday April 22 at llpm in Ham Center! "The Sexual Politics of Meat" Monday April 24 at 8pm in the TA ... a book signing with the author Carol Adams will follow. Contract Re n egotiation Deadline is Frida y A p ril 28 Diversity Circle 8pm in the GICC ATTENTION NEW COLLEGE WRITERS! The National Collegiate Honors Council has announced a Call for Nominations of Honors Student Papers for the 2000 PORTZ SCHOLARS competition. One paper per institution may be nomi nated. The paper must not exceed thirty (30) pages (endnotes and refer ence pages may be additional beyond the 30-page maximum). In addition, the paper must include a one-page abstract. General cate gories for the pa pers ar e : Cre a t i v e Art s and Humanitie s Science and Mathematics Social and Behavioral Science Three Scholars will be chosen na tionwide. The winners will be featured at a plenary session at the 2000 National Collegiate Honors Conference in Washington, D.C., October 18-20, 2000. In addition, each Portz Scholar receives a $250.00 stipend (contingent upon personal presentation of the winning paper at the conference!). The Portz Fund Committee will also pay the Scholars' conference registration fees. To submit a paper, please pick up a cover form and instructions in the New College Admissions Office, 2nd floor of Robertson. Submissions must be received by Friday, May 12th at 5:00p.m. An internal review committee will be established to seJect the submis sion from New College. Essays due? Papers looming? Want guidance? Feedback? Help? Dr. MaryBeth Matthews' free service is available three days a week: Mondays from 1:00-4:00 Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00 Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 In Pr evi e w R oom 222 in the Media Cente r Y o u can arrang e a m ee t i n g i n several way s : 1. Email Dr. Matthews at prof-----