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Volume XII, Issue 12 The Appalachian Trail is just one of many outdoor destinations you might choose to travel to during Winter break or January Interterm ... (Photo from http://userpages .witte11burg .edu/ sO I. vparisi) STORY, PAGES 4 AND 5 Noticed any s t ra n ge doud s in th e Heiser building late ly? New Chemistry Malkiat Johal has brought him to New College. STORY, PAGE 6 THE the final issue December 6, 2000 Reflections on Rachael Morris' by Ben Ruby and Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. New CoJiege Student Alliance President Rachael Morris is the longest serving student body president in the history of the school, and not without rea son. Morris was elected to the presidency in the fall term of her second year Now that fourth-year Molly Robinson and sec ond-year Andrew Hossack are due to assume the presidency in the spring Morris' remarkable career of service to the New College student body is about to come to a close. Morris bas been the only New College student body president to successfully seek reelection. People have manipu lated the constitution to stay in a semester ahead or a semester longer," she s aid by pass i ng a myst e rious a mendment that m akes t h e p res id ent ta k e offic e a t th e b e g i nning of the year or the end of the yea r I believe, from going over t h e records, years." In her considerable tenure as NCSA president, Morris has created a cabinet to support the president, tangled with the administration of the University of South Florida and presided over what turned out to be a significant transition period for New College and the University Program. Director of Student Affairs Mark Blaweiss has worked clo ely with Morris during her tenure, and recalled that here marked on her considerable ability throughout that time. "I've been working in student affairs for 25 years," said Blaweiss, "and I have never worked with a student body president as articulate, professional and dedicated as Rachael. She i a skilled and tireless advocate for New College past, present, and future. I think she wiJJ be missed." Most NCSA presidents are granted a month of ease upon taking office during the Interterm which Morris char a ct e riz e d as prancing a r ound in a field of dai sies, saying to everyone who passes "I am President! I am President!" However, riod that New College Dean and W.111rdlm Michael Bassis took up his new position. Morris was thrown into the maelstrom. "There was so much on the table," said Morris. ''The r e was that w h o l e blue printing process and there was that name change o r deal." With so many compli-tie.s of the executive branch could not rest on the shoulders of one individual. Morris reflected, "When I took office the president had jsEE "RACHAEL" PAGE 4j With the environment at stake, liberated Marriott plates reclaimed by Bill Outlaw New College students eat a lot of food at Marriott, and consequently produce large amounts of waste. While some of this garbage is completely biodegrad able -it is unlikely that your last scrap of tofu almandine is going to be around a thousand years from now-a high per centage of Marriott waste comes in the form of plastic and plastic foam (Styrofoam) products. These marvelous materials may allow you to both eat food and carry it to your rooms, but they carry an added concern: they do not go away. Enter the New College recycling ef fort. Some Novo Collegians have been going the extra mile to ensure that the campus is environmentally friendly. First-year and founder of the New College Environmental Club Michelle Conner said, "We have huge amounts of recycling going on." New College bas been recycling for quite a while, but not without problem point Campus recycling of late has fo cused on student use of plastic foam and disposable utensils at Marriott. Conner said, "The fact that I see students using Styrofoam containers at every meal makes me realize how ignorant most are to their individual impact of the environ ment." This sentiment was reinforced by sec ond-year Willow Haley, who stated, "I think it is ridiculous that at such a liberal and environmentally conscious campus we use Styrofoam containers." In an effort to both raise awareness on plastic foam consumption and uncover student attitudes toward its usage, the New College Environmental Club began to discuss a po ible solution to the issue. An environmental survey was also di tributed. Referring to the results of these inquiries, Conner tated, "People were concerned with the amount of waste ma terials being produced, but were not interested in the methods proposed to help the problem." She continued, "To say that they were concerned was fine, but when it came time to solve the prob lem, no one could agree on a solution." First-year transfer-student Maya Lilly tated, "One of the interesting things is that 73 percent of students surveyed said that they wanted Marriott to provide reusable silverware. However, 73 percent of students also said that they would not be willing to bring their own containers to Marriott." Some of the solutions offered for the problem included urging student to bring in Tupperware style containers for their food, asking Marriott to switch utensil brands, or selecting new biodegradable corn-product utensils. A large sign was also placed in Hamilton Center to draw attention to the Styrofoam issue. Unfortunately, this cre ated another problem: students seeing the sign and not wishing to use di posable containers began "borrowing" Marriott plates-and not returning them. This necessitated a door-to-door plate collec tion expedition, conducted by the Environmental Club. Compost efforts have also faced sev eral dilemmas recently. The newly added compo t bins throughout the campus are essential to recycling efforts becau e, ac cording to Lilly, "the majority of waste is food." The problem stems from confu sion about the bins Lilly has found plastic soda bottles lying on top of the compost, where they clearly do not be long. She removed the bottles from the compost and gave -them to the trash col lector, who in turn threw them into a recycling canister reserved for metals-further evidence of the confu sion that seems to permeate campus recycling efforts. According to Lilly, "It has been bard working on this campus in regard to get ting information such a who the recycling company is because of all the red tape." Lilly thinks awareness is the key. She stated, "Basically, we have just been fo cusing on individual awareness." She continued, "It is really a matter of people understanding the bigger issues, and that is how awareness is going to come about. Each of us must take an active interest, because we all live on the planet. It has to be about the individual."


2 The Catalyst By Kelly Jones Jerusalem (Dec. 3)Prime Minister Ehud Barak began planning his re-elec tion campaign Sunday, and declared that President Clinton's departure from office in January is not a deadline for a Mideast peace deal. Barak now faces an early election he hoped to avoid and the public's disillu sionment over his failure to end the violence within his own party. He may need the success of at least a partial peace deal to persuade voters to re-elect him. Competition mounts as Israeli media reports that parliament speaker Auraham Burg, a leading figure from Barak's Labor party might challenge Barak if no deal is in sight. At Sunday's cabinet meeting, Barak lashed out at those in his own party who have pressured him to come to an agree ment with Palestine before the end of Clinton's term. "Every attempt to dictate dates to the prime minister is bad for Israel and damages how the peace process should be conducted," Barak told his ministers. In attempts to renew peace talks, Barak suggested breaking the peace plan into phases that would recognize a Palestinian state, but would push off sen sitive issues like the control of Jerusalem. Palestinians bave responded by deroan ing a comprehensive agreement that establishes a Palestinian state in aU of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said the Palestinian uprising would continue until his people's national goals were met. "The Palestinian nation is ready to face all po sibilitie ," he said. Beijing (Dec. 3)-Chinese police de tained four people on Sunday while investigating the collapse of a shopping mall in southern China which resulted in eight deaths and 32 injuries, a number ar rived at by the official Xinhua news agency. Some witnesses and local media sug gested many more were buried when the mall collapsed as about 200 strolled NEWS OF THE WORLD around its 20 shops. One factory worker who witnessed the collapse said rescuers told him more than 20 bodies were pulled out Friday night. Officials gave up hope of finding sur vivors the next morning and on Sunday construction workers and tractors begau to clear up the site. Among those detained were the owner of the mall who had two floors illegally installed, the designer, the contractor, and the head of Chtling village where it was built, the official Xinhua news agency re ported. The news agency did not say if they would be charged; local officials de clined to comment. The agency did say that local authori ties had not approved the construction work and neither the designer nor the contractor had licenses. Initial investiga tions suggested the building's foundation built over a drainage ditch-subsided under the weight of the extra stories, other state media said. Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Dec. 3)Astronauts Joe Tanner and Carlos Noriega worked out of space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday to install the world's largest, most powerful set of solar wings on the international space station. Tanner and Noriega were trained for more than three years for this flight. The task involved guiding $600 million solar wings onto the AJpha space station and then bolting them down. Working from inside Endeavour, Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau moved the folded wings 3 feet above the attach ment spot with the shuttle robot arm. He then waited for the pacewalker to posi tion themselves on either side of the attachment spot so they could give him directions for closing the space. Before the wings could be unwound to their full 240 feet and begin generating electricity, Tanner and Noriega had tore lease all the bolts and pins that were used to secure the payload for Thursday's launch aboard Endeavour. Each wing was expected to take 13 minute to pread, and will cover half an acre. Alpha's wings will be the largest structure ever deployed in space. Each wing is 38 feet long and covered by 32,800 solar cells, and has power-stor ing batteries and radiators on the base. The bigger the wings, the more sunlight that can be collected for conversion into electricity. NASA expects the solar panels to gen erate 65 kilowatts at peak power four times what currently is produced by the small Russian-built solar wings already on the space station. Chicago (Dec. 2) -The American Medical Association is debating whether the "morning-after" pill should be avail able over the counter. Although the AMA's council on Medical Service is recommending that it be made easier to obtain, the Vatican condemned the emer gency contraceptive, and the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, decided last year not to sell it. The council's report is scheduled fa be debated by a committee Sunday at an AMA meeting in Orlando, Fla. The com mittee could then send it to the AMA's policymaking House of Delegates during the four-day meeting. Taken within three days of sexual in tercourse, the contraceptives are essentially high-dose birth control pills that prevent ovulation or, if that has at-read occurred i fertilized egg. In most cases, they are available only by prescription. The AMA council said that some women might not be able to get the pills in time to prevent pregnancy, so the AMA "should request that the Food and Drug Administration consider making emer gency contraception pills available over the counter." The pills are "considered safe and effective by the medical com munity as a whole," the council said. Planned Parenthood President Gloria Felt said Thursday that AMA support for over-the-counter use would be "an ex tremely important step for prevention of unintended pregnancy in a country where half of all pregnancies are unintended ... .lf every woman of reproductive age had ready access to it, it could prevent December 6, 2000 800,000 abortions a year." Though the morning after pill is not as widely controversial as the RU-486 pre scription abortion pill approved by the FDA in September, foes consider it a form of abortion since an egg could have been fertilized by the time a woman takes it. And even stranger yet. .. This July, residents of Wertz Avenue in Charleston, West Virginia suffered chronic sewage problems from backed up storm drains. The clogged drains reached the breaking point and sent raw sewage pouring into the street, while sewer line backups spilled chunks of bloody meat from Gunnoe's Whole Hog Sausage slaughtering and processing plant as well. High School senior John E. Smith Jr. was suspended from Chippewa Falls High School in September for a particu larly disgusting revenge prank. He brought a birthday cake to school and an nounced that he would like to share it with administrators. Six staff members who accepted the gesture found out with their first few bites the secret ingredient in the cake-patches of hair from various areas of Smith's body. In August, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sylvia Louise GiJlard O'Brien filed a $7 million lawsuit against Coca-Cola. In 1997 when she was pregnant with her child, now three years old, a Fruitopia bottle broke while she was drinking from it, cutting her lip and causing her to swal low shards. She claims that the resulting fear of miscarriage that she had from the incident caused the fetus to "fail to trust and like her sufficiently." Information compiled from the New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press, and Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird. CATALYST The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar.usfedu/-catalyst! General Editor Kathryn Dow Layout Editor Michael Sander on Online Editor Zak Beck Managing Editor Max Campbell Photographer Kelly Jones Advertising Coordinator Anna Maria Diaz-Balart Staff Writers Ben Ruby, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Bill Outlaw, Darren Guild, Zachary Konkol, David Savarese The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored 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. Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5100 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. Contributions may range in length from 250 to 500 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 250 words. Submis ions 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 catalyst@virtu.sar.usfedu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All su.bmissions must be received by 5:00p.m. m order to appear in the following week's ISSUe. Information about upcoming events is welcome throughout the week.


The Catalyst 3 NEWS December 6, 2000 Close-flying planes don't aid study, but the Noise Abatement Act might by Darren Guild Have you ever wondered what goes on next door? No not at those fancy Ringling events the other next door, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). The topic of airports and air planes might not interest everyone, but there are plenty of exciting things going on over there some that affect the population of New College. First of all, there have been two tragic fatal plane crashes in the pa t ten months. One actu ally occurred at the airport as two small Cessnas collided on a runway, killing all four people involved. The second happened not more than two weeks ago as a Cessna and a military fighter jet crashed in midair near Interstate 75. The pilot of the Cessna was ki11ed in the inci dent. Mter the former incident, jet aircraft were diverted from their usual runways to other run ways, w h ich did not go u nnoticed by communities under the flight paths of those run ways. New College happened to be one of those communities. Staff and students, once used to the slight buzz of a small twin-en gine plane passing overhead, were now greeted by a massive gust of wind and a deafening roar as a 747 whizzed by. If anyone had ever wondered why reaching 3,000 feet where direc real estate was cheaper under lions are given by Air Traffic flight paths they didn't wonder Control (ATC). Southbound air anymore. Though people still craft are required to tum left at braved the outdoors the jet airthe Middle Marker (0.9 DME) to craft caused enough discomfort a heading of 270 degrees for and annoyance that it was many vectors to on course by ATC. (In times less pleasant to venture other words, they don t take off out. right over our heads.) There are Being underneath a jet airadditional procedures for night craft is many limes worse than time flights. In emergency being in a jet aircraft. situations, all regulations are off. Fortunately for us (maybe There is also a noise holline at thanks to our illustrious 941-359-5057 where you can Ringling neighbors) after a brief make you voice heard about an period of time, jet aircraft were airplane event of concern to you. once again transferred back to If you have recently been in their original routes. "We're the Viking area of campus, it is pretty lucky" you might be saylikely that you have noticed ing to yourself, "but isn't small airplanes coming from the possible ttiat jet aircraft could bay just barely missing the tops any day now be routed on to of the campus police and cam runways where they would pass pus mailroom before crossing over New College?" The anover Highway 41 and landing on swer is no! The 1990 Noise the runway at SRQ. Even if you Abatement Program was dehave witnessed 100 safe land signed to minimize the i mpact of ings it i s a somewhat aircraft noise on the s urround ing hair-raisi ng e x perience. Ther e co mm u n ities. T h ere are rules are even rumors of an airp l ane and regulations that pilots have nicking the top of the campus to follow when flying into SRQ. mailroom one weekend. Small f fine. There is a departure procesame striCt fligti dure for both northbound and their larger cousins do. southbound flights and also for flight patterns are not as se aircraft departing from runway verely regulated, and are 14, a major runway. directed on landing procedures For instance, aircraft depart once they arrive in an airport's ing from runway 14 are required airspace. A majority of our local to maintain their heading uhtil small planes are on train-. .. and SRQ is just a small airport. Imagine !low tiny a blj tiouli/ make New College look. ing flights. "They do what are called touch-and-gas," said Airport Environmental Technician Winston CannicJe,'In a "touch-and-go," an aircraft momentarily lands on the ground before immediately taking off again. Music Professor Maribeth Clark shares passion for opera in faculty lecture by Zak Beck This past Wednesday's installment of the Faculty Lecture Series was hosted by Assistant Professor of Music Maribeth Clark on the topic of the nuances of the Paris Opera, specifically on the subject of the barcarole. A barcarole is the name given to the folk songs of the traditional Venician gondolier. The lec ture was given to an audience consisting mostly of professors and several interested students. The topic of barcaroles is relatively new to Clark herself. Clark said, "This is a very new project that I started over the (past] summer," that came about during her attendance to an National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) meet ing. Her was originally concerned with the subject of the tarantella, an old world dance, but moved in new di. rections after the conference. Until her recent interest in the barcaroles, much of Clark's research was not easily accessible to the general pub lic. Due to the fact that few of her topic interests were avail able in any sort of media, either video or audio, much of her research forced her to "run off to Paris," with an almost annoying regularity. Referring to the response gleaned from the audience, Clark said, "They were great." She notes that many of those in attendance, her colleagues an other professors, possess a very specialized knowledge in many of the fields relating to hers. And though many of the lectures are given with some regard to a professor receiving tenure, Clark volunteered for the privilege to speak because of her excitement and passion about her topic. In regard to the future of her research, Professor Clark has grand ambitions. As for the lecture, she plans to turn it into an article, and even sees the potential for a book on the sub ject. But before this, Clark has "lots of stuff to finish." Amongst said "stuff', she is in the process of turning her dis sertation on understanding the French Grand Opera though dance and how the dancers af fected what was going on in popular and art culture into a book. Clark explains how many of those attending the operas were coming there only for the ballets; consequently, the ballets became popular dances and the musical accom paniments became part of the popular music scene. Almost all of Professor Clark's course offerings at New College are related to or focus on the Opera in some way. Her classes for the up coming Spring 2001 semester include Music Criticism and Appreciation at the Van Wezel, Verdi (dedicated to the com poser of Italian opera), and Opera, Ballet, and the Fantastic. Professor Clark would also like to remind stu dents that dress rehearsals at the Sarasota Opera boast free admission to those with New College affiliations.


4 The Catalyst FEATURES December 6, 2000 "She's God," said Blawess jFROM 'RA.CHAEL" PAGE 1 I no support staff. Basically when I took office it was the president, the [Student Allocations Committee] and ometimes the Student Court." Thus, Morris was faced with the po tential challenge of being the sole bulwark for the student body against the rising tide of confusion \Vithin the ad ministration of the University. Although she made strenuous efforts and suc ceeded admirably in her lonely role, the effort severely strained her resources by the end of the month. Morris knew that both for her own sake and for that of fu ture NCSA Presidents, a support staff would have to be created. The current cabinet, which consists of ix or seven positions within the executive branch, exists as a direct result of Morris' efforts to augment and strengthen the office of the president in a time of crisis. "[fhe creation of the cabinet] allowed me to find some really creative and ded icated people and to work with them, and to build good professional relationships, and sometimes personal friendships," she said. Blaweiss remarked that "the entire student government of New College should be a role model for student gov ernments across the country." Mottis has been a particularly dedi cated and notable NCSA president in that she has not only been a highly visible and influential figure on campus, but she has personally represented the interests of New College to the USF administra-. tion in Tampa. One of the most intense battles Morris has waged bas been to re claim the student athletic fees for New College. These athletic fees are sent to wards varsity and intramural sports activities, and are thus outside the purview of most New College student activities. Morris has been fighting for this money to be spent for the benefit of the New College student body, rather than on football equipment for the USF Bulls. \Yhile Morris has made great headway in this battle, the matter is not yet resolved. Morris has stated that al though the rest of her presidential term will be spent largely preparing Robinson and Hossack for the office, she is "not done yelling yet," and would like to re claim those fees before she leave Students around campus to ap preciate Morris' efforts on their behalf. Third-year transfer student Leah Schnelbach said, "I think [Morris] did an excellent job. I wish she could stay for ever. Although she might not appreciate that." Morris, reflecting on her long and il lustrious career, commented, "A Jot of goals I've had are in the process of being fulfilled. The rate of tudent involvement in student government is the be:t it's ever been. That is the biggest achievement I could have hoped for. If I"m proud of anything, I'm proud of that." Morris, de spite all her achievements, is not without regrets. In that vein she offered some ad vice for future presidents: "I'm staying longer than I planned to and that is re lated to student government. It's very difficult. Classes should be your primary consideration, but they haven't always come first for me." Morris, a fourth-year history major, plans to graduate in the spring. Professor David Harvey i now sponsoring her the sis, which she originally planned to write for Professor Lazlo Deme, since retired. Her topic is the creation of the welfare state within Prussia. Morris said she wishes she had been able to focus on her thesis more completely, but the duties of the president compete for her attention. She noted, with only a trace of irony, "I have put in 15 hour days but not as many as it looks like." After graduating Morris plans to at tend law school, preferably at Georgetown University. Morris also feels an itch to go to Europe and see the old country. "I can see myself living on some bucolic farm at the base of the Austrian Alps raising kids and milking cows," Morris said with a slight chuckle. "I think that might surprise some people. ProfessionaUy I can be very strong, but I'm a lot uieter b nature than le think I am." Morris is optimistic about the future of New College, commentin,g, "I think New College is at an advantageous point in its history." Morris was not completely without concern, however. Speaking about the planned enlargement of the stu dent body and the recent recruitment push by Admissions, Morris reflected, "growth should always be a secondary consideration. The important thing is to find people who can take advantage of the unique New College educational sys tem and way of life." Although Morris will be graduating soon, she has made an impression on the first year class. Fir t-year Gigi Shames commented, "I adore Rachael Morris. I'm a first year and haven't been here that long, but I was immediately im pressed by Rachael, her grace, style, friendliness, and obvious love of New College." A likely popular opinion about Morris was voiced by Blaweiss, who quipped, "She's God." Through the efforts of Rachael Morri the NCSA presidency has been endowed with a cabinet, New College's visibility at Tampa has greatly increased, and stu dents, staff and faculty can look forward to a period of increased cooperation. Morris is grateful for her time as presi dent. Sbe said, "I really love New College. I wanted to make sure students could feel empowered in shaping the destiny of the college." Oh, the places you could go! By Zachary Konkol The wildernes areas east of the Mississippi River may not provide views of star tling, raw youth like the Rockies or Cascades, but their age and beauty have attracted hikers, rock-climbers, kayakers and canoers for generations. Presented here are some of the best of the best-a quick overview of places to go no matter how you choose to enjoy the wilderness. Some, like the Appalachian Trail, are known to almost every one; others, like the Superior Hiking Trail, are virtually unknown. It would be foolish to try to present everything here, and some well-known destinations, like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park, have been left out. A quick search on the internet will easily yield a wealth of information of these places and others like them. Keep in mind that this article is intended only as the briefest of introductions: before going anywhere, you should try to get all the information pos-i le. ac de "t .i ,wa e co d"t"on and restrictions imposed by the National Forest Service and National Park Ser\rice. Enjoy, and happy traveling. Bartram 'frail Stretching through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, this 117-mile backpacking trail is named after William Bartram, a botanist who explored the area in the 18th century. The trail moves through an outstanding display of plant life and climbs valleys, mountain ridges and peaks over a mile high. For those who prefer solitude over the social scene of the Appalachian Trail that runs through much of the same area, the Bartram Trail is a sure bet. It recently won the award of "loneliest path in the long-trail family" from Backpacker Magazine. However, this trail does have its downfalls. Some of the sections have yet to be marked and completed, so it is not exactly the easiest trail to follow. A set of maps can be purchased from the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society, but they cover only the section in that state. Call (828) 526-4904 for more information. Appalachian Trail One of the most celebrated trails ever, the Appalachian Trail has consistently lived up to the expectations of its hikers. Stretching for over 2,000 miles, the trail follows the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains from Mt. Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. Along the way are a plethora of national forests, two national parks (the Smokies and Shenandoah), the highest mountain east of the Mississippi (Clingman's Dome) and near the base of Springer Mountain, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi (Amicalola Falls). Three sided wooden shelters line the trail every ten miles or so, providing welcome relief from rain, snow, or ice storms. If you choose to hike a portion of this trail, keep in mind that your chances of solitude are lim to none: an e timated four million people hike a part of this trail every year. EspeciaJJy during the peak eason from spring to fall, campsites and shelters are more a social scene than anything. There are also certain restrictions on trail use depend ing on what section you are hiking. A good source of information is the Appalachian Trail Conference whose web site can be accessed at Books on the trail can be purchased from almost all large bookstores, or can be ordered di rectly from the website listed above Superior Hiking Trail in the this trail has already made an impression on hik ers 1ts s??rl hfe. It_ IS regarded as one of the best trmls in the country for its campsite conditions, trail conditions, and wildlife opportunities. Located in


The Catalyst FEATURES Minnesota, the trail runs along the shoreline of Lake Superior for over two hundred miles and a variety i.ncluding potentially dangerous cliff faces. If you're not good on your feet, this trad might not be for you. However, the views from the trail are superb, and a mix of waterfalls, river rapids and dense forest make the hike well worthwhile. Keep in mind that this trail can get very cold, even in summer. The wind off Superior can be brutal, and snowfalls in July are not unheard of, so dress accord ingly. For an excellent source of information on this trail, visit the website of the Superior Hiking Trail Association at New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area If you're a whitewater enthusia t, then the New River and Gauley River are prob ably not unknown to you. Located in southern West Virginia, these two river are two of the best in North America for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Depending on the season:' certain sections be attempted by those who really know what they are the more tours can be arranged from the various rafting comparues m the area. The New Rtver holds some other distinctions: it is one of the oldest rivers in North America, and one of the few in the world that flows from south to north. The river itself is located at the bottom of a gorge that is, in areas, over 1,000 feet deep. Cliff faces lining the gorge provide ample challenge to rock climbers. If hik ing or cycling is your game, miles of trail run along the gorge in varying distances. In addition to the wonderful views they provide of 'the Grand Canyon of the East,' they also get hikers up close and personal with the dozens of abandoned coal-mines and forgotten mining structures that haunt the forests along the gorge. Nantahala River Like the New River and the Gauley, the Nantahala River is considered one of the best whitewater rivers in North America. On the same token, this river too is not for the inexperienced. One section bas to this day claimed the life of every kayaker who has attempted it-with but one exception. Your best bet is to take a tour with one of the rafting companies, where at least you know you'll be safe. The Nantahala Mountains, part of Appalachian Range, are an experience themselves. Backpackers should check the section on the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail, as both run through this region just south of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Conecuh Trail Though it is only a mere 22.5 miles long, the Concecuh Trail, located in Conecuh National Forest in southern Alabama, provides an ecosystem that is difficult to find along other trails. A mix of forest, bog, meadows and cypress swamps, the trail pro vides a startling range of character despite its short distance. Beware though the bugs on this trail can be hellish in summer months. Winter months tend to be the best time to hike. A good source of information on this trail can be accessed at cooecuh/conecuh.htm. Voyageurs National Park and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Situated in northeast Minnesota along the Canadian border, these two wilderness areas are a flourishing heaven for canoe enthusiasts. Voyageurs offers over 200,000 acres of protected land, nearly half of it water. It also is home to some of the oldest rock formations, carved by four different periods of glaciation, in the United States. While motorboats are allowed on nearly all waters in Voyageurs, the Boundary Waters restrict these vessels to only a few lakes. And when you consider that the Boundary Waters has over 1,000 lakes and streams, as well as 1,500 miles of canoe routes, that leaves a lot of room for those who wish to get away from such things. Opportunities A bridge fades into the mist over New River Gorge (photo by Zachary Konkol) A shelter from the elements along the Appalachian Trail. (photo from http://www. greene.xtn. nt/ -Jamie) to see wildlife are plentiful in both parks, and of all the places listed in this article, these two are near the top of the list of places least impacted by the human element. But regulations are strict. Just to enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, you have to have a permit. For more information, you can access Voyageurs at http://www.nps.lgov/voya/ and the Boundary Waters at Isle Royale National Park Although Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area offer some of the best opportunitie s to leave civilization behind, they still trail behind this ark.. An island chain situated in Lake Superior, Isle Royale is technically part of Michigan, though it fs closer tO the Caudiu border. TIJ6te arelXt roads011.t.bis Jaacf. and it can only be reached by boat or plane. However, the hassle in getting there is well worthwhile. Isle Royale boasts some of the best-protected land in the United States. If you hike along the 130 miles of trail that weave throughout the island, you're almost guaranteed to run into some of the over 800 moose, bald eagles and wolves that call this island home. Several of the bays and inlets along the island are open to canoes and kayaks, but boating anywhere along the open waters of Lake Superior in such a vessel is foolish. Superior has some of the roughest, most unpredictable waters in the US. Plenty of campsites line the trails of the island for u e by backpacker and you can also examine some historic lighthou es and shipwreck during your stay. For more information, you can access the park's official website at bttp:// Long Trail Located in Vermont, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. At 270 miles long, the trail is also one of the most difficult, even when com pared to the rough trails of the Rockies west of the Mississippi. The difficulty lies not in the length, but in the numerous elevation changes that await hikers as they move along the ridges of the Green Mountains. Those who persevere will be awarded with beautiful views of mountaintops, rock faces, thick forests, and rivers. The trail is also one of the best marked and cared for in the long-distance trail family. For more infor mation, contact the Green Mountain Club at Efforts have been made to present all information as accurately as possible. However, the Catalyst bears no responsibility for information that may be incorrect. Some of the material presented here was gathered from Bac/...packer Magazine and the fo1lowing web site : htm


6 The Catalyst NEWS December 6, 2000 New natural sciences professor can create lasers and clouds by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. Professor Malkiat Johal may we1I have the capability to destroy us all. His intimate knowledge of the use of so called "novel laser materials" and his abi1ity to create miniature douds could easily put him in the upper echelons of potential super villains for the 21st cen tury, along with Dr. Victor von Doom and Senator Trent Lott. But never fear, Novo Collegians. Professor Jabal's awesome for is scientific principles, concern for Earth's welfare and devotion to teaching. Born in Coventry, England, Maikiat Jobal was polished by a pleasant British upbringing amidsr the classical graces of the Jewel of the North Atlantic. After spending nearly the entirety of his young life in the area, be emerged from high school with due honors and entered the nearby University of Warwick, where he received his degree in chemistry. Following this, Johal found his way to the eternally-prestigious Cambridge University, where be earned a doctorate in physical chemistry after presenting a dissertation on sum-frequency spectroscopy of monomolecular films, which was undoubtedly even more impressive than it sounds. Practically as soon as the document was in his hands, "literally, perhaps one or two days after I received my Ph.D.," as the doctor says, he was on his way to the infamous Los Alamos Laboratories in New Mexico. These famed laboratories, whose beakers and whirligigs gave birth to the bomb which unleashed the Atomic Age on a relatively unsuspecting civiliza tion, were now home to a much more beneficent series of programs. Johal spent just over two years and six months at Los Alamos, where he took a position as a researcher and spent his time engag ing, appropriately enough, in physical chemistry research, particularly with re gards to spectroscopy. "I was primarily involved in the creation of novel lase rs, and their application t o environmental con cerns,'' or, w ic suppose you could caH 'atmospheric chemistry."' Most especially, Johal was interested in the potential influence these lasers could have on the ozone layer, which is to this day depleting rapidly enough that within a few years even North Dakotans will be able to experience a good tan. In order to facilitate the impact of these studies on an actual atmosphere, the Los Alamos re searchers would simply create their own. "We would grow miniature clouds within the facility," confided Professor Johal, smiling at the astonishment displayed by this reporter. Aside from his efforts to halt the toasting of the Earth, Johal's researches were directed towards the creation of "novel materials" for use in sensors, and he ex perimented in the field of photonics with the creation of "wave guides." As if all that weren't enough to occupy a busy sci entist, Jabal also sought out novel materials for use in optic computing which could be used along with lasers to double the bandwidth running through a fiber optic pipe. Mter determining a fair number of Secrets Man Was Not Meant to Know, Johal decided to try his hand at teaching. He headed west, to Pomona University in California, where he taught physical chemistry for a year. During this time, Professor Jabal not only dis covered that be greatly enjoyed teaching, but that be enjoyed directing joint re search efforts. Over the course of his year at Pomona, Johal took a group of his students to the Los Alamos laboratories where he bad worked-arrivi ust a ter tne aevastating wildfires had left. According to Jobal, the grounds were a bit worse for the wear, with trailers and facilities burned into ash-heaps. "We spent our initial time there rebuilding the place and getting everything into working order, but it was a very productive 10 ENTERTAINMENT weeks, nonetheless," said the professor. In fact, some of his students finished the re earch for various recently-published papers. Despite all his success at Pomona however, Professor Jabal was lured away from a second year at that sterling establishment by the siren call of New College. "The weather in Florida is quite pleas ant, first of all, and New College itself was primarily attractive because of the students," said the professor. It was mostly the individuality and creativity of the students thai appealed to the man who created clouds. Not only that, but a good many students impressed Johal, and vice versa, during the lecture he gave here prior to taking his official position here at New College. "He seemed really intelligent, and very nice. His lecture was really interest ing, and he seemed to know what he was talking about," second-year Alison McDevitt said of Johal's initial lecture. J ohal now teaches chemistry courses out of his office on the second floor of the Heiser building, and he seems very con tent. He enjoys SarasotaBradenton's beautiful beaches and its proximity to bigger cities like Tampa, and he feels that he'll really have a chance to work out some in-dep t h individual resea rch pro ects thanks to the intimae of the natural sciences division. Moreover, Professor Jobal is in contact once again with his friends at Los Alamos, and plans to work with it and other laboratories in an effort to draw attention to New College's high quality research faculty and students. Unbreakable? Tr y unb e a r a b l e Fi l m falls flat after 'Sixth Sense' by ZakBeck Among this week's new releases is Unbreakable, a film that was better the fust time when it was called The Sixth Sense. The picture follows David Dunn, a football stadium security guard played by Bruce Willis. Dunn is "unbreakable" as the title subtly implies. Mter a heartfelt baby-dropping scene, the film gets under way. Dunn is the sole survivor of a horrendous train wreck, and it is explained that twelve years earlier he endured a car crash that should have killed him. With circ1ing camera angles, slow scenes and an ominous background, this film is a weak imitation of director M. Night Shyamalan's earlier work. The film does have its line-up of no table celebrities. There is, obviously, Bruce Willis (Moonlighting, Hudson Hawk) back again for another Shyamalan production as the lead. Samuel L. Jackson (Red Violin, True Romance) plays a comic book connoisseur bent on finding a man such as Dunn. Other notables include Robin Wright Penn, the girl from Forrest Gump, and Spencer Treat Clark as some cute little kid and Dunn's son. Willis conveys the character's sense of detachment with hollow eyes and a voice that sounds overmedicated. His sadness comes from a sense of isolation and a sort of survivor's guilt. The entire backdrop of the film falls on a sort of super-existential, cliche Seattle with slate gray skies and a hell of a lot of rain. The rain fills a sort of kryptonite role for those with a comic book affliction; Dunn is ap parently allergic to water. In fact, without a strong appreciation for the Marvel Universe, this film will be entertaining for about as long as it would take one to drive to see it. Not that the film will cause blood to shoot from the eyes of the casual viewer. At one point, Jackson's character falls down the stairs. He gets hurt really badly, because he has low density bones. Be ides that, there really aren't any other funny parts. And if you like rain, you'll be lapping it up. This is the spoiler paragraph; do not read it if you are going to try to see and enjoy the movie. Like in "I see dead peo ple," this film has an unexpected plot twist at the end, which is about to be re vealed. Jackson's real role is as a crazy murderer who has been the cause of all of the strife in Dunn's life. This gives the film a badly needed semblance of closure to the action that has been taking place. It also almost allows the viewers to accept the weird character types as sorts of ar chetypes for the comic super hero and super villain. Really, the only thing missing to make Unbreakable the The Sixth Sense, Part 2 is the "I see dead people" kid. The com pletion and release of the film was purposely rushed to catch the coat-tails of this enormously popular film, and while this film couldn't be called a colossal failure, it is definitely going to let many fans of Shyamalan's previous work feel let down. Long and short, save your money and rent Hudson Hawk, a movie featuring a much better cast and a better looking Bruce Willis.


The Catal st Co TRIBUTIONS December 6, 2000 Contribution Guidelines 7 M exican Solidarity Network member to speak December 2 contributed by Julia Daniel December 12, (time TBA) e tara Ramirez, indigenous human rights activist from the Loxicha region of Oaxaca, will be speaking at New College as part of the Fall tour put on by the Mexico olidarity Network. The Mexico Solidarity Network is a national coalition of 90 community-based organi zation that support Mexico/U.S. struggles for social and economic justice, dignity and democratization on both side of the Rio Grande. They are currently having a Fall 2000 Human Right /Militarization campaign. It is a national mobi lization to end militarization, defend human right and open paces for democratization in poor and indigenous communi ties in Mexico. The tour will feature a prominent Mexican human rights expert. The tours are part of a national campai g n a imed at i l lUJ. .. tLL-I.u. an Andres rd r t o HR monitoring demilitarization of indigenous area and an end to U.S. military aid and training for \1ex1co. Nestora Ramire7 is a Zapoteco woman from the Loxicha region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Since 1996 she has been involved in an on-going protest (vigil) in front of the governor's mansion in Oaxaca City, demanding the release of more than SO Zapoteco political prisoners falsely accused of being involved with the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) and drug running. estora will peak about human right abu e in the Loxicba region and will expose the culture of impunity that sur rounds the Mexican Army and "elected" a1.1tboritie She will also speak of the Zapoteco peo ple' efforts to build autonomy in the face of crushing poverty and fierce government repre ion. The Loxicha region is pri marily composed of from Zapotcco indigenous people from the mountains to the south ern plains in the state of Oaxaca. The region i. comprL ed of twenty-seven communities such with a combined population of 35,000 people. On August 29, 1996 the EPR attacked a Mexican Army checkpoint at Huanlco Oaxaca. In the attack, Fidel Martine z died Three month s p r i o r Fidel's e i de ce was in the JntCipa lit y of icha The government used thi fact to falsely accuse lhe Lox11.!ha pop ulation of being linked to the PR. A targeted campaign of re pression was launched against the entire Loxicha region. As a re ult, the Army and pi toleros took the municipal palace by force, detaining the autonomous authoritie. and many others without arrest war rants. The arrested were accw-.ed of being a part of the EPR. '1 hi operation involved the Mex1can Army, the state judicial police, the pistoleros, and FBI agents. With this began the whole of the repression, intimidation, murder and di. appearance of the Loxicha commumtie fo thi date, the repression continues, intensifying with the installation of Bases de Operaciones M1xtas (BOMs) throughout the Loxicha region. Meanwhile, tho e arre ted are tortured, forced to ign blank papers and confess to being members of the EPR. The pris oners do not speak Spanish, and have no way to defend them selves. Many are paraded in front of TV cameras and pre sented a members of the EPR. However, on June 10, 1997 the wives, children and families of the political prisoners began a sit-in in front of the Governor s Pa l ace in Oaxaca C i t y to d e mand amon g oth e r thin gs: -Freedom for t b e 86 political risone r s from the Lox\cha rcion C an cellat ion o f the arrest warran t s of 250 Loxic h a people. -The d militarization of the Loxicha region. -The apprehension of those re spon ible for murder and other acts of aggre sion. estora Ramirez wilJ be peaking about this and will be available to answer question will be provided. For more info contact Julia Daniel at 360-9054. F r om t e CAA: class evaluations more important than you may know contributed by Le l ie Trinkle Hello, aiL Thi. is a friendly announcement from your Council of Academic cha1.r. 1 end of the is here, and all of us will be getting tho e end-of-year evaluations m each of our clas es. Jt was exprc sed in a recent FA C meeting and committee-they hire and fire) that most tudents don't eem to reahn the that the teachmg evaluation has on a professor's career. 1 know that the profs. tell us that they are mportant they arc read, but the extent of their influence has never been e pressed. or Bauer m the meeting that in the pa t decade, the only reason that teachers have been fued from theirs JOh i bad t aching evaluations! The teaching evaluation l one of the rcspon ibilities a tudent. ha to then or. l thmk that the unique reciprocal relationship between student and teachers 1. a huge factor m most .of us in11 here. o, I'm a requt;st out into the murky co mos of the. ew mwd. Please take tlus responsibility eriously and think about your e to the dJ.ffer nt the eval uation. After the amount of effort most teachers put mto good teachmg here, they deserve that much respect. Letter to The Editor: A reader' respon e to previ ous articles, letters and/or editorials, or an opinion that is intended to be shared with the student body. Letter to the Editor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free adverti ing. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contribution should be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College st u dents as a whole. Contributions may range in length from 250-500 words. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists do not necessarily represent the views of the Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel the New College commumty should be made aware. Guest column may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be turned into box 75 or e mailed to, by ri day at Spm. ) 12.01.00 -Criminal Mischief. Persons unknown vandalized four flo rescent li g ht f1xt u r e s illuminating ign at Dort and Goldstein dorms. Peti t theft the Jetter '"T" was removed from the Goldstein R es idence Hall si gn. Value estimated at 50


8 The Catalyst Burns Court Kine-Kult Film Series The next installment in the Burns Court Kine-Kult Film Series will be Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, on Friday, Dec. 8. We start at 11 p.m. with two Christmas cartoons (The Tick Christmas episode and Opu & Bill's "A Wish For Wing That Work"). The feature will start at 12 midnight. Come dressed as your favorite Nightmare character! Future showings in January-April will include: The Neverending Story The Forbidden Zone -and hopefully many more (as time al lows)! Foreign Study Award for 2001-2002 are available under the National Security Education Program (NSEP). NSEP un dergraduate grants covering all expenses for seme ter and academic year study are available in mo t countries (except Western Europe). Preference is given to students in the Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; language study is gener ally part of the program. Check the NSEP website ( and/or Ca r eer Center for p r ogram information, guideline s and applications. Interested students also should contact NSEP mpus v1ser, ro essor Jose Alberto Portugal (Tel: 2-4458; Office: PME 122) for further information on applying for these awards through New College. Campus deadline for completed applica tions is January 22, 2001. Don't delay! Start the application proces today! Missing: one binder with chemistry notes! It belongs to Liz Ep tein and wa ap p aren tly lifted from her librarycarrell not too long ago. The binder is clear-ish, an d made of that cheap kind of flimsy plastic. It says New College on it. Contact Liz if you've seen this wayward notebook. An inventory of your re idence hall room and a list of room damage charge i available on the internet within the New College Residence Halls web pages ( g/Documents/Roomlnfo.btm). It is to be used a a guide and is not to be con. id ered totally inclusive. Damages not listed will be billed a charge appropriate to the co t of replacement/repair. If there are any missing or damaged items they must be listed on your check-in form. The room will be apprai ed at check out and any additional mi sing or damaged items will be charged to the occupant(s). If the room is a double room, the damages will be divided equally between the room mates. It i the responsibility of the occupants to notify the repre entative of the Office of Re idence Life at the time of check-out if any of the damages are to ANNOUNCEMENTS December 6, 2000 be charged to only one of the occupants. All occupants must acknowledge any in equities in the billing. Con idering a career in law? Then meet Leon Brush, Esq. Tuesday, December 5 in Hamilton Center from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. or Wednesday December 6 at Westside Center from 4 p.m. 6 p.m. Leon Brush is an attorney and former judge pro-temp. Leon can give you the straight dish on the pros and cons of what it's like to be a lawyer. I-!e has worked exten ively on racial di crimination, wrongful termination, and sexual dis crimination ca e Parking Decals will be on ale starting Monday 12.11.00. Prorated price from Jan01-August01-/$60.00 Semester Decals for the spring JanOl-Mayll-01/$35.00 Any Question ,plea e contact Parking Servs at 359-4203 From the Bike Shoppe: First, a lot of you all have expressed interest thi semester, and we wanted to let you all know that the New College Bike Shoppe has a num ber of bikes for sale now, ranging from $10-$100. They are available for pur cha e during Bike Shoppe hours: Sunday, Tue day, and Thursday 6-8p.m. Friday 2-6 p.m. Sorry it took so long to get bikes ready, b u t we've been b usy. Secon d w e WILL be holding regular hours during wee ..... the community bicycle for storage over winter break, so during exam week, if you see a community bike and want to drop it off at the Bike Shoppe, any hour of the day, that would be appreciated. If the community bicycles aren't brought into the S h oppe for vacation, they may not be around when we get back. So please, h elp our struggling community bike project and bring them to us. All this week the Four Winds Cafe will be selling regular sjze cups of coffee for just fifty cents each, and large cups for seventy-five cents, in the interest of help ing everyone get through the Ia t week of classes! from Regina Gelfo: hi again-i asked for bra before and now i need empty altoid container for my thesis, a souvenir shop/art installation. if any of you eat al toids, would you plea e put your empty 'containers in my box (655)? doe n't mat ter what flavor, i'll be pasting over the tin anyway. Announcing AUDITIONS for Eve En ler's Vagina Monologues. Be the Fishbowl Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6-8pm or Wedne day, Dec. 6, 7-9pm. No previous acting experience neces ary. Take a break from your work for a fun, relaxed, anti in formal audition proces You must have a vagina to perform but everyone i wel come to help out! For more info contact Kara 2-5142 or Liz 2-5091 Like IHOP, but with more Ph.D.s by Bill Outlaw The Midnight Breakfast is returning to New College. Once again, students stressed by the turmoil and workload that generally surrounds the final two weeks of the fall semester may venture forth from their dorm room for food and fun. Midnight Breakfa t which actually starts at 10 p.m., will be held tonight, December 6, in Hamilton Center. The Midnight Breakfa t is an event in tended to break up the stress and monotony of the final leg of the Fall e rne ter, and consists of faculty and staff volunteers erving a late meal to stu dents. The event is free of charge. "This i omething that I have been in volved with at many other school ," Student Activities Coordtnator Alena Scandura said. "It is held within the last two week of classes, and is usually a lot of fun. The goal is to give something back to the tudents-give them a breather during this tre ful time." Scandura continued, "Faculty and taff volunteers will be pre ent to serve break fast to the students. Last year we had prize It is just a lot of fun, and is a good way to relieve stres ." Speaking about the history of the event here at New College, Director of Student Affairs Mark Blawei s said, "We started the Midnight Breakfast last year as a fun way to break up a stre sful time for everyone." "We have 30 faculty and staff volun teer ," Blaweiss said. "There will also be door prizes donated by some of the com panies Marriott buys food from." He added, "La t year's Midnight Breakfast was a great uccess. We handed out over 450 plates of food." Perhaps those mo t satisfied with the event, however, are the students. Thesis student Cyndy Ekle summed it up best: "It was interesting because it was a com pletely different type of tudy break. It was also a lot of fun to have breakfa t erved to you by Dean Basis." Students interested in actually taking a break from theu cramming and hectic last-minute paper se sions should amble over to Hamilton Center for some calo rie and entertainment, tonight. Becau e, In the words of candura, "Where else can you ee Ba si flipping pancake ?" INUTES 11/30 SAC Minutes 11/30 In attedence: Michelle Brown, Emma Jay, Lindsay Luxa, Pete Summers, Shannon Dunn (chair), Cathy Heath (sec), Julia Skapik ***all votes are unanimous with the exception of the chair, who does not vote*** 1. Organization: Beautification of First Court Audrey Troutt Requesting: .$158.00 Allocated: Tabled. 2. Organization: Dance Tutorial Allison Jacobs Requesting: $50 Allocated: $50 3. Organization: Alternative Food Cookout Kim Franklin Requesting: $55 Allocated: $55 from Food Reserve 4. Organization: Dismantling Racism Training Dell McLean Requesting: $??? Allocated: Tabled. 5. Organization: FMLA Liz Matthews Requesting: $8 copies Allocated: $8 6. Organization: Wall Equipment Jason Grimste Requesting: $950.00 Allocated: $950.00 7. Organization: Lights in Palm Court Jessica Turner Requesting: $54 Allocated: $54.00 8. Organization: Christmas Carolmg Judd Wilson Requesting: $61 for food and drinks Allocated: $61 from food re serve 9. Organization: Coffee House Jessica Willis Requesting: $2600 Allocated: $2600

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