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Features The secrets of the new science building -page3 'Love Won Out' -page4 Volume X!, Issue 2 Town Meeting: what to do about PCPs? by Max Campbell What is tu be done about the ew College PCP? That was the question which weighed most heav ily on the mind-> of those students in attendance at the last town meeting, held on Tu e sday, February 22. T he discu ss i o n of the acts of v i olenc e and v andalism which took place on campus during the course of this year's Valentine's Day PCP along with proposals on exactly what could and should be done to prev ent s i milar i nc i dent s in th e fu tu r e overs h a dowed the r es t of the town meeting's agenda by far. fhe meeting began with the o f the newly apRachel Morris cha i r ing until Vice President for Student Affairs Molly Robinson's own c onfirmation, whereupon s he handed the micro pho n e over t o R obinson to p r eside over t he r emainder of the proceed ings. First-year Emily Meade declared herself unable to meet the schedule for a representative of the SASC, and therefore declined the position. The confirmation of third year Katie Helms to the FASC was tabled for similar reasons, as Helms was unsure whether or not she would be able to accept the posi tion. The confirmation of the other officials went smoothly. de:>pite the voice of a lone, persistent naysayer in the audience ("That was Rob Cooksey, again," Robinson mut tered at one point. "We'll have to hunt him down and kill him"). After the new officers were con firmed, the meeting proceeded to the discussion of the New College PCP upon the passage of Morris' motion to move the matter forward in the agenda, which began with a letter from New College first-year SarahJayn Kemp. The letter, which Robinson read aloud, de cribed an act of vandalism in which latex ISEE "TO WN MEETING" ON PAGE 2j Protest this. Features Migrant workers t ake their cause to New College -page 6 Dr. Michael Campbell -page 7 March 2, 2000 One F orida protesters confront Jeb Bush New College students rally outside a Ringling Museum fund-raiser. by Michael Sanderson lfl)\ v y'all doing?" Jeb Bush call e d out as he stepped nut or a white minivan at the g;lte s of the Ringling Museum last Saturday night. New College stu dents chanted and waved signs in response, bringing several hours of protest to a culmination. The evening marked an intersection of students outraged by the re form s in higher education under the One Florida plan and several hundred people paying at least $250 each to atrend a black-tie banquet the Rino-Jino-"' 0 0 Museum. The One Florida plan, an initiativ e of Jeb Bush, over hauls practices in two a rea s, ed ucation and state c o ntr ac ting. According to a pr es s rele ase from the gover nor\ w e b sit e ( see box p age 5) a n nounci n g th e pl a n th e education c o mp o n e nt woul d first "elimina t e r ace a n d ethnici ty as a factor in university admissions." Accompanying proposals would implement the 20" program to gua rantee admission to state Srud e nts march in the early et ening, hefiJre the arrival of Bmii and other guests at the RIJigling Museum dinner. expand the availability of the PSAT and AP classes, in conjunction with a new "partn e r s hip" with the College Board. T he protesters gathered at the imp e tus of local resi d e nts Bill and Chris Carrol. first-ye ar Bonnie Strelitz d esc rib e d e ncounterin g him, say i ng "[ was w alkin g on the bridge ove r 41 and h e was putting up signs, an d h e said 'Come, you should come to it. ... I can't believe Jeb Bush j-., doing this, it's like going b a ck to the dark ages."' Whe n asked, Mr. Carrol denied kmw. l e dge of any flier Case sheds light on problenzs surrounding constitutional interpretation. by K athry n D ow "A quorum of the Student Assembly shall consist of at least fifty students .... When this quorum is met, those motion that receive a simple major i ty of votes cast shall be binding upon the various persons elected and ap pointed to NCSA positions descr i bed in this document." -NCSA Constitution, Article seven, Section four. The Student Court got off to an early tart in what they hope will be a more active and visible semester than the last one. It wasn't quite the start anybody was hoping for, though. On Monday, January 21, last semester's SAC faced charges of misallocation of funds and viola tion of the CSA Constitution--a document that much of the student body has likely never even looked at. Last semesta, third-year Chris Holleran approached the SAC with a proposal for funding of Queer Formal. Holleran requested $700, $200 of which was for the rental of a limou ine to transport students from Ham Center to College Hall. The SAC approved 500 for the party but tabled the funding for the limo According to Holleran, they asked him to petition students to support the limo rental, suggesting that the next Town Meeting might be a good place to go for signature.'. I {olleran could not make it to the Town Meeting, however. At that Town Meeting, the SAC chair, Jennifer Shaw, proposed a vote on whether to fund the limo rental. Sha w a fourth-year, accide nt ally misreported the figu r es to the Town Meeting, reporting that they had already allocated $700 and were considering allocating an additional $200 for the limousine. The Town Meeting voted down the limo proposal. B ut Holleran brought a pe t ition with over 150 signatures to the next SAC meet ing, re-requesting that the limousine be funded. In light of the petition, the SAC approved the funding. According to the NCSA constitution, the Town Meeting is the highest body of Student Government. But what happen when a Town Meeting vote based on mis information i, overridden by the SAC? In this case, what happened was a Student Court investigation, and an eventual court date. NCSA Historian Michael Shannon, a fourth-year student, requested the invc tigation and brought the charge to Student Court. Self-proclaimed "Constitutionality Nazi" Shannon has regrets about the case. In an emailed statement, he wrote, "I feel as though the emphasis is not where I wanted it to be. People turned this case into 'Michael's personal vendetta against the SAC,' when in fact it was an effort to make sure the SAC and all other NCSA bod ies run themselves by the NCSA Constitution. I do not, since there was the feeling that this was a vendetta case, feel as though my purposes for bringing the case have been served." In a Town Meeting on Tuesday, February Student Court Chief Ju 'tice Jeb Lund announced the verdict. Last semester's SAC \Vas found !sEE CASE" ON PAGE 4 ]


2 The Catalyst News March 2, 20QQ Town Meeting wrapped up with division reports !FROM "TOWN MEETING" 0 PAGE 1 I paint was smeared on her dorm room door and in the second court lounge. "I think the party was amazing, structurc-wi e," Kemp wrote, "but I felt that we, New College, failed in our obligation to keep the campus safe." She advocated the enforcement of an entry-pass system to identify visitors to the campus and cut down on crowds, but al o commended New College sec ond-year Andrea Garrod on her own organization of the PCP, stating that "I probably would have been 100 times more up et about my door if Andrea hadn't done such a great job.;' Morris then introduced Officer Resch and Calitri of the New College campus police to the meeting, explaining that "I spoke with the police last night, and I was sad to find out that two officers had been attacked." One of these officers was Calitri, still on duty after being hil in the leg with a flung beer bottle. The other, Officer Marion, had suffered a severe blow to the face which is currently keeping him out of work. "Jim (Officer Marion) wasn't so fortunate (as Calitri)," Resch explained. "It's po sible he may have a broken jaw. He has to get some X-rays taken at the emergency room, so I don't know when he'll be back." Morris deplored the incident, saying that "it's terrible that he (Marion) was attacked, and he shouldn't have to come to our campus fearing for his safety." While expressing his gratitude that it hadn't been New College who were causing violent disturbances, Resch declared that the police were still look ing for !he officers' attackers, both of whom escaped after the assault. Since the attackers weren't recognized as students, he explained, they may be dif ficult to find: "We need help ... it's kind of hard to track them down. I will be leading this investigation, so if you have any information, please get back to me." One lead that the campus police do have is a name: Jessica Mareno. "She's a person who know the person who threw the bottles," Calitri said. "We believe that she's a previous (University of South. Florida) student who is no longer registered." They encouraged anyone who may know of Mareno's whereabouts to come forward with the information. As Resch said, "We definitely want to catch the person who did this, and it has to be stopped." b the issue of excessive crowding and excessive rowdines at PCPs. "At one point, there were only five officers trying to control 800 people," Resch said. "That just can't be done. We have to get some control on the number of people who come here." Calitri explained that "the 16 year old and the 18 year old we arrested for underage drinking said that when a party is scheduled here, the news goes through all the high schools in the area." According to bo!h officers, some of tho e arrested for underage drinking were carrying kruves. By Morris' proposal, the town meeting then passed a resolution com .th.e c.ampus and the wounded officers, along with an apology for the1r lnJUnes. Followmg the officers' announcements came a general cry for of how PCPs are conducted, including a motion that open glass contamers of alcohol be banned from all future walls and PCPs, and that non should only be allowed onto the campus with signed guest passes or 1denhfymg armbands. NCSA historian Michael Shannon reminded the as sembled students of a resolution passed after the Halloween PCP, which catalyst stated no off-campus visitors would be allowed on campus without gue t passes: "Andrea was not informed of this, but people throwing PCPs in the future should definitely be informed of past resolutions." Garrod herself apologized for the disturbances which occurred during the PCP, out denied suggestions that she or the DJs brought to the PCP adver tised extensively off campus: "We only passed out fliers three days ahead of the PCP, so they couldn't have had much effect. What I'm concerned about is that these people don't respect us, and they don't respect this place. Banning glass is great, but how can you enforce it? I'd like to see all visitors have to sign visitor passes to come on campus--if they can come up with some way to enforce the way people come on campus." Director of Student Affairs Mark aweiss came forward to explain that "on Sunday I was dealing with administrators who never wanted to see [PCPsl again, but I think I've calmed them down." He suggested that a stu dent committee be formed, to meet with him and set student-made controls which don't limit your community or your fun, but maintain safety." At length, the idea was passed as a motion, with the injunction that students in terested in being on the committee should speak to Blaweiss about it. The outstanding PCP issue finally having been dealt with, and patience wearing a little bit thin amongst the assembled students, the remainder of the meeting was understandably hurried-nonetheless, there were a few more is sue of import to be addressed. In speaking of the ongoing issue of the administration of athletic and A&S fees, Morris urged "every one of you to tell everyone else to log onto the NCSA web site, look at the correspondence between me and the President and the Chancellor (of USF), and take a look at the statutes." Blaweiss was quick to give her credit for her strong rule in the A&S fee negotiations thus far, but as Morris pointed out, she won't be here forever. "The younger students need to know what's going on," she said, "so that when we graduate, the whole thing won't go by the wayside." Student Court Justice Jeb Lund announced that the Student Court had found the SAC guilty of mishandling$ L68 and violating the NCSA constitution, but would not discuss the sanctions to be imposed until the SAC members in question had been notified. He also announced that tht: Student 1 u e ar more i t 1, n i a en in 1e pas "We (student court justices) are going to be around and meeting this se mester, as opposed to last semester, when we hid," Lund said. "[f you have a problem and Mark Blaweiss tells you to come to us, he's not kidding." Finally, in the last item of the agenda, NCSAHistorian Michael Shannon -who is also the moderator of the New College listserve asked for student opinions about New College alumnae/i and staff being registered to the list, and invited interested tudents to contact him with regards to dealing with the listserve and its guidelines. "At this point, I am operating uncJer the USF guidelines," Shannon explained, "which of course I don't like. And on that note, the town meeting was adjourned. Starting Thesday, January 25th, and continuing throughout the term, Dr. Mary Beth Matthews will function as a writing tutor, Students may drop by Preview Room 222 in the Media Center on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Thesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. or email Dr. Matthews at The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sar. usfedu/-catalyst/ General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Layout Editors Mario Rodriguez and Michael Sanderson Online Editor and Business Manger Nikki Kostyun The Catalyst is an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria Vesperi. It is developed in the New College Publications Office using Adobe Photos hop 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 in "rtf' or "WriteNow" format may saved to the Catalyst Contributions the Temp Directory on the Publications Offtcc file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75 and all other contributions may be to catalyst@virtu. No will be accepted. Copy Editor Kathryn Dow Photography Heather Whitmore Staff Writers Max Campbell, Darren Guild, Kelly Jones, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq., Leah Schnelbach Direct submissions and inquiries to: The Catalyst 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sara ota, FL 34243 catalyst@virtu.sar. usf edu The Catalyst reserves the right to edit submissions for space, grammar or style. All subm1sstons must be received by 5:00 p.m. in order to appear in the following week s tssue.


3 The Catalyst News Discovering secrets of the new Heiser Science Com The new sclence butldzng was designed to satisfy faculty needs and attract new professors. by Mario Rodriguez From the Architectural Firm of Harvard Joll Clees and Topple (back by popular demand a state-regulated selection process), the people who brought you Sudakoff, Caples Fine Arts and The Jane Bancroft Library, please give a warm, New College welcome to the all new Heiser Science Complex. Though it may seem angular and disorientino upon first entry, students will quickly adjust to basic layout: two wings and a central auditorium. Acting as tour guide, Campus Archltect Rick Lyttle recalls the amount of planning that went into the specific of the building. "There's a dif ference between New College and biouniversities," he asserted. "One thing is that in 7t large university there's a tendency to have these cookie-cutter Jabs ... Here, there's a lot of cus tomization to the professors." Example: labs are tlanked to the outside of the buil<;lings at most universities, acros the hall from the professors' offices. "At New College [profes sors] do so much work in the labs that we put the offices in the lab ," Lyttle said, passing into a chemistry laboratory. When Dr. Stephens wanted a number of smaller rooms but Dr. Walstrom wanted one bio-o room for Chemistry, the planners compromised and built a suite of labs consisting of one big lab and a number of little ones. of a mirror behind you. Drs. Walstrom and Stephens' labs housed 12 glass hoods and l handstudents. Thirteen cold, black, pristine slate sta tions. "The Chemistry Department is rea11y happy," added Lyttle. "I wouldn't say that everyone's one hundred percent [satisfied}," he confessed. "You know, they would have liked better this, (better that,] but. .. everybody's anxious to move in," which, by the way, will happen next fall. The furniture ar rives in mid-May, probably sooner. -< ... (I) "5111;3 3 Campus Architect Rick Lyttle stands in one of the science spacious new labs. One sore spot among the faculty was the size of mathematicians' offices. Biology, Chemistry and Physics al1 have ll by 14 offices. But the math rtment features office space more than said the nners sacrificed of-icap hood. That's 13 stations for 25 eager young Upstairs, there will be a general-use computer lab with 18 stations and its own server. This is lo cated in the new Physics department, also graced by two 16 person classrooms. At the heart of it all, the Soo Bong Che teach ing auditorium seats an intimate gathering of 88. The space is dedicated to the memory of Profes or of Mathematics Soo Bong Che. "An alum donated money in his honor to build [the auditorium]," Lyttle explained, "and then the State matched it almost exactly. We added this fairly late in the game." In fact, fairly late in the game the organizers scaled back the budget by 23%. That was 2 years ago. In the end, the project cost $9.1 million in cluding furnishings and equipment, $7.2 million if you only count the architect and building costs. Such a costly and time-consuming endeavor is bound to make even the most hardened of scien tists double-check the Bunsen burners on first viewing. For example, the lack of drains under the chemical showers in the Biology hallway had some students asking 'why?' According to OSHA (and Lyttle), to discharge toxic chemicals into a public system is forbidden by code. I guess they figure if you're covered with bad chemicals the least of your problems is ruining the floor," he remarked. Lyttle felt the new building will help recruit students, and pointed out it has already helped recruit faculty positions. "l think its rea\ rewarding. l think the feedback we've gotten hom the taculty Live performances spice up the Four Winds' spring opening With improved business strategies and plans for the future, the coffee house remains optimistic. by Kelly Jones The coffee house is currently in the course of major changes. According On Friday night, February 18, the Four Winds Cafe was packed to the corto Whitmore, Student Affairs will be funding the relocation of the Four ners with students celebrating the semester's Grand Opening and official Winds next fall. The coffee house may be stationed on the side opposite the commencement of another season of high caffeine intake. The coffee rnamail boxes and will include the patio area that faces 2nd Court. Students are chines were busy hissing as the line of people eagerly awaiting their first cup encouraged to come up with design plans and help to carry out the project. snaked through the crowd. Plans to erect a gla s extension over the patio area are already being formed. Performance began at about lOpm. After the usual technical delay, the "It's really an exciting vision," proclaimed Whitmore, stage was set. Catalyst staff photographer Heather ..----------------, [n the past, the Four Winds has received strong supWhitmore started off the performance with a reading The Spring 2000 hours are not new, port from the school. The Alumni Association of her two poems, one about aloofness and another in-but are reliable. contributed $10,000 to get the coffee house underway. spired by her Intensive Kafka class. She evoked M Th 9am to 12 midnight When they saw that busines was lagging-the Four audience participation with the song, "Mercedes Benz". Fri 9am to Spm Winds could barely make their monthly payments-At this, people emerged from the background singing Suo 8pm to 12 midnight (quiet study the Association steped in with business suggestions. and clapping. Ethan Moore provided a hollow electime) The coffee house has put these suggestions into ac tronic beat to Whitmore's final performance, a song The coffee house number is 359-4488, tion and has recently changed internal policies. For called "Summertime". The duo Sigismund (acoustic and email address is coffee@virtu. one, the management position is responsible for coordiguitar) and Danny (vocals) sang a song of their own nating events, food orders, finances and assuring that composition. Jennifer Shaw's solo performance of the everything runs smoothly. Brad Bryan, the new fullsong "Hard Traveling" received strong audience response. Other perfortime manager, is formulating plans for the upcoming semester. He hopes to mances included music by Ayleen Perez and Greg and by Alba Aragon, who add variety to the menu by bringing about weekly featured items. graduated from New College last year and came from Miami to perform. Students are determined to keep the coffee house up and running; emThe bar closed at llpm but performances continued. The creative energy ployees are enthusiastic and devoted. "We have a real compatible group in the atmosphere brought impromptu performers to the stage. Four Winds working here," says Whitmore. The coffee house, in its fifth term has hosted staff swept up only after the microphone was passed to everyone who wanted a series of recreational events such as poetry readings and movie nights. to entertain. Fourth-year Jennifer Shaw summed up the evening: "I love the Bryan said that an 80's night and a Club 4 Winds night are in the works. food, love the coffee, the student initiative behind the coffee house's making. Also, this semester the French Table will be meeting to discuss and practice It has great acoustics. When you're performing there is artwork behind you French at Four Winds at 12:30 p.m. Fridays. on the wall -really nice atmosphere."


4 The Catalyst News March 2, 2000 Anti-homosexual "Love Won Out" not a winner in Tampa "Love Comes Out'' rally, organized by Equality Florida, derails efforts of "conversion therapists" By Nikki Kostyun "Homosexuality Ruins Live ." "Proud Gay Dad." "Jesus Heals Homosexuality." "Jesus is Lard." These were merely a ample of the variou signs that could be found surrounding Univer ity of Tampa' "Sticks of Fire" sculpture this past Saturday afternoon at Equality Florida's "Love Comes Out" rally. Equality Florida, a statewide organization that works to end oppression based on sexual orientation, race, class and gender, or ganized the rally in protest against the "Love Won Out" conference held at Bell Shoals Church of Christ in Brandon. The conference's web site ex plains that it "includes es ions on the cause of homosexuality, prevention of homosexuality in children and how to get misinformation about this subject out of schools." [t has been deemed a anti gay conversion therapy program by Equality Florida, and received its most hostile opposition when its conference came to the Tampa Bay area. "Tired of Being Gay '?" was the question asked in "Love Won Out'"s controversial advertisement for the conference. The Tampa Tribune ran the advertisement each week in the Friday Extra sec tion for the four weeks prior to the February 26 conference. The four-time event was developed by Focus on the Family, an international non profit mimstry organization. They have already held one conference in Sacramento and two more are scheduled in Dallas and Minneapolis. re po er m n were open air preaching scriptures from the Bible and various statistics related to AIDS and homo sexuality. They became silent once the rally began, but continued holding their "f rornosexuality Ruin Lives" and "Jesus Heals Homosexuality" signs and discussing opinion with rally participants privately. The rally began with peaker Stratton Pollitzer, Assistant Director and Resources Director of Equality Florida and an openly gay man. Pollitzer gave a personal account of growing up aware of his sexuality, and the fear that he felt for it in his school and community. He asked the audience, "why not ignore Focus on the Family," and closed with a message "for all the beautiful gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the commu nity." "You are my heroes," PollitLer told them. Following Pollitzer were more than 15 speak ers. These included local city and school board officials, a Presidential campaign representative for Bill Bradley, a USF professor, ministers, and youth members of gay pride alliances. Linda Lerner, a member of the Pinellas County School Board, gave a welcomed and well applauded speech. Lerner, a "mother of two great son one of which happens to be gay," informed the group of a policy that Pinellas County was the third district in the state to pass. The policy, which passed by a four to three vote, prohibits harassment in the school system based on sexual Florida ran a Leite r t o the Editor campaign, which submitted letter s f o r publ i cation that cri ti cized both the nature of the a d v ertisements and the pur pose of the conference. In response to "Love Won Out," Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith t?e "Love Comes Out" rally at UT to comctde w1th the conference in Brandon. giow; issu e. I ts about safety a n d respect and civil r ig hts." "We will prevai l w as t he comment that s h e left with the crowd. In a press release from Equality Florida Smith ex plained t.hat the rally's purpose was "provide mformatlon that will show just how harmful Focus on the Family's program is." Prior to the rally's commencement, three visible anti-rally protesters could be found near the sculpture wearing navy blue shirts with "OBEY JESUS" across their chests in white letters. These w:ere members of the University of South Florida's e1ght Campus Ministers' Alliance. Accordmg to their homepage, "C.M.A. is [a] student dedicated to the open air preach tng of the Bible and its reflection of on con temporary issues." At the rally site, the members A.t a political end, Bill Jacobs, the Gay and Lesbian ?utreach Coordinator for the Bill Bradley for Prestdent. campaign, spoke to the group. Jacobs:, who s1mply stated "I am a gay man; I am proud, read aloud an open letter from Bill Bradley to Equality Florida which was distributed to everyone at the rally. "I congratulate you today as you stand up against all forms of hatred and big?try in thi country," begins the letter, which Equ.ali.ty Florida and encourages it to contmue Its mtsston. The letter also details various acts and policies that Bradley does and does not support, such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the "Don't Tell." policy, respectively. Jacobs ended ttme by ..reminding the crowd to m mtnd the issues important to them when votmg at the Florida primaries on March 14 th. Among the remaining speakers were Christians a nd church officials, the President of Florida OW (National Organization for Women), and representatives of P a rents, Farnilies and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). final speakers were youth members of the com munity and while on stage they were surrounded by the remainder of the young people auending the rally, who bad all been invited to stand on stage. During the course of the rally, speakers re vealed everal reputable mental health and religious organizations which oppose conversion therapy, including the American Medical Association, the American Psycholooical Association, the American Federation of Teacher The United Methodist Church, and The Jewish Congress. All in all, there appeared to be up to 250 people in attendance at any given time. Fourth year New College student Michael Shannon attended the rally and commented that "it was really nice to see that many people there, but it's never enough." Co-chair of the Sarasota Chapter of Equality Florida and recent New College graduate Mandy Odom commented during the week before the rally that [Equality Florida] hoped "there would be at least as many attending the rally as the con ference." It was reported in The Tampa Tribune on February 27 that over 700 attended the confer ence in 13randon. wever, does nut come at a lovi n g price. Upon calling the "Love Won Out" information and registration number, those inter e ted will find the conference costs $55.00 per head. This number can also give you information on Focus on the Family's aim in developing the and encourages people to "come and wttness the type of love that draws homosexuals into the arms of God." Charles Throckmorton, Co-Chair of Equality Florida, summed up the rally's reaction to Focus on the Family, the conference, and its purpose when he said "You're not wanted here. We don't want you here. Go back home." -Equality Florida is holding a statewide Youth Lobby Day in Tallahassee on Monday, March 13. For more infonnation, call RJ at 253-5962 or email -cMA website: -Love Won Out: 1-877-787-9961 -Focus on the Family: Student Court case puts constitutionality in the spotli ht IFROM "CASE" ON PAGE 11 guilty of $168 and violat'ton g f h surrounding this case w h h h" '------------.. ---l o t e NCSA Constttuhon. Lund, a thesis stu. e ope t at t ts won't prevent students from seemg dent, later commented, The regrettable thing about this entire case is that us as an acttvc, legttunate, and helpful body" had the SAC neve Jt d h T M The whole issue is com 1 t d r ::onsu e t e own eetmgand simply allocated on herent th P Ica e and brmgs up some laroer problems mthetr there l.'kely.":'ould have no complaint, no case and no hurt structure of College and our Student The feehngs. As of th1s wntmg, the offtctal sanctions and opinions have not but as thi's 1.n1cs.dmorte chohesJVe and unified than it has been in several years, been released. t en s ows there a till d Th be bridged. As Lund uts' .. s communtcatiOn gaps that nee to e current Stud.ent Court to make sure that New College sees court to interpret th ,/. tt. 6.3 the Constitution enables the them as a :esource tt can use, not JUSt a group of gavel-wielder Brandy Though we don't tsputes and relahonshtps of the various NCSA bodies. a t?trd-year and Student Court Public Defender said, "as soon as this ing the gray area :ant to seehmore. convictions, we look forward to clarifyiS over wrth, the Student Court needs to make itself more public as a re. mongst t e vanous powers." source to the students." Lund added, ''There was a lot of vituperation


5 The Catalyst News March 2, 2000 Old-style protest fails to dampen spirits of banq et-goers [nw.u "PRon,sr" ON PAGE Tl ought to be." m. inority groups raised an outcry at its implt"c,t --:_j That h va,c home. lions and slammed Bush's as ertion that he 'I he aturday ,tt R1'nglt'ng h ated 11p speaking wa not known by any students Lmtil 1 d h "J consu t_e wtt mtnority leaders on the plan. afte th t d they arrived. Tt was then as tuned that 1111s \vas a Wh 1 B r e un wen own 'Is more tudents gathered 1 c ush emphasizes that minorit enroll-I I h Rcpu_ blican fu_nd-raiser, and the price rcJleated ant coupes egan to continually arrive f r the m_ ent tn the tate university vstem is proiected to h n et p 1 outstde \i\ 'IS ){}() a p r on. Tite tvent was actuJ J a qu o ICC pre. cnc:c mcrea. ed, and a doz n mcrcase under the plan, adding 250 to 400 tuv tt bl d h 1 ally the Ringling' annual fund-raiser, \Vt'tll tllOSt d 1 c sa em e on t c av .. n outside to park the ents, credit requirement will continue to retard tl f 1 attendees paying $250 a per on to altcnd. 500 ect o uxury car that wa arriving. b growth _in diversity .. Iurthermor the Univcrsit) The eve t bl h emg the pnce per per on for a priYate receptt'on f Fl d n was ac ltc, wtt m n wearing o on a and Flonda State niver ity, considtt d d with the governor. d lXe o women_ wcanng evening wear usually ere the tate's flagship universitie., opted not to 1 d th kl 0 tudenh began arriving at the scheduled time tn aye WI par mg nnterial. ne woman told par_ticipate in the Talented 20 program, and finthe g p "I h 11 f of 4:30pm, and the Carolls ga e them mnc agree Wit a o you, it's not very de;:, tenm pre. idcnt Charles Young says that Ul will m >C t 1 t th d r r"eading _"Fleeted governor, n t crowned ,1 1 ,.111d 1 < ra tc w 1a cy re otng. h. t respons got a wve trouble maintaining minority enrollment .,. ,. f 1 Honk tf you oppose One Florida." Mr. c,roll po Lave reac 10n rom t 1e crt>wd, but after she had un er its lofty academic tandard ew Colle e 'd J '" C warned. "it' vou still, they c,'tll ,trr". I )'uu," Ad "' <>one Ill I e ennllcr ook. ey commented he 1 .... nussions Director Kathy Killion said "it would 'd $500 but arasota Police mo. tly stood ar>Lttll, C'ltlccnb JLL t pa1 to eat with that a ... s [Jeb Bush)." c premature to comment" on how One Florida M t 1 h trating on keeping the sidewalk opett llen ld ff 0 pe P e gat ered outside aw omething .. wou a ect admissions here. f protesttrs thickened and function attendees bcuan t ICY were not requently e posed to. "I feel like arriving. I'm at the Oscars," an unknown tudent remarked. first hour of the protest was quiet: traffic Afte e couples' The level of wealth on display was striking; after wa: hght as a dozen students marched the length one couple procc sion, thesis-tudent Rob of the front of the Ringling Mu.eum," hile l)thers proc ion, Rob Cook ey ardonically commented "That woman's took refuge from the sun in the shadO\.\' of the drc:s cost more then my car," to which an un-wall. Friendly vehicles that honked includ\!d a IaCooks y ardonical y known person responded "that'' e actly why they bcled white sedan driven by "Ha lla the Clov.."n" don't have to care." Protesters were distracted and a uray mini-van that Michael hatlllOH said con l d' hat when dancer' dre sed as coli ish choolgirL per-was t:conomics Profc. or Richard oe. One man for'?cd to bagpipes on the steps of the mu cum, leavinu the mu cum on foot shouted, "I low much WOffiat whtch produced evcra l comment. on the enteryou getting paid?" to which second-year Zora f COSt ffiOfC tainment predilection of the wealthy. r k I b I h '' The spirits of the prate ter never eemed to u_c s 1ot ack {ow much arc you getting patd. Mr. Carrol told students "Pay no attention ( lllY Cat. dim. orne began to chant. "Hey hey, ho ho, One he's a s av owner." Flori-da has got to go," about which third-year Third-year Peter Sigismund commented "it good when it was Affirmati' e ction i a dangerous one .... it' tak wllttlnllin;gly agam t ing all the gain of the civil rights movement and the dais entirely for it, forced the governor to ac doing away with them." Brinson was one qf ev-knowledge that the public, particularly ethnic after he was first suppo ed to. Friendly velllicles continued to pa on Bay hore Drive and honk ing wa apparently a ignal to the valets, cau ing them to break into a run from the Asolo parking lot. era) t return to campu in an attempt to bring rninoritie were not behind him. Mr Carrol. more students to the protest, and pread the news who attended the hearing in Tampa, said, "whl!n that Bush would be attl!nding. Michael 'hannon, he got to \lliami he ...:hanged hi tunc. because of arriving directly from the Equality Florida rally in what he heard in Tampa." On February 3,000 Tampa, muttered about "conflicting protests." Florida A&M tudents marched to the capital Before the Museum closed, it was pas ible to building and peacefully occupied the rotunda. observe the tent erected for the banquet. Covering Bush abandoned a meeting with heads of tate probably an acre of land and ri ing 40 feet at its agencies to meet with student leaders and agreed center, it was air-conditioned and contained sev-to add an accountability measure to the plan. eral hundred tables with white tablecloth and Having declared, "I have li tened, I have elaborate place etting On each chair wa a pro-learned," the governor is pu hing ahead with the gram titled The Governor' Ball." Security plan' implementation. The Board of Regent ap dres ed in tuxedos, a ked anyone not involved in proved the plan by a 12-0 vote, de pite objections the vent to leave. from Florida' only African-American Univer ity Prote ter attempted to give fliers, provided by President, Frederick Humphries of Florida the Canolls, to entering coup! s. A few accepted, A&M.and pcakers. but mo t bru hed them off. Al Hoffman, who ar-ome vi 'W One Florida as a cynical attempt to rived in a white sport utility vehicle, which a valet help hi brother's pre idential chance Ward wa overheard aying wa to rect;ive a "VIP Connerly, a millionaire California bu ines man, is ticker," shouted back to the protc ter "Have you att mpting to place a constitutional amendment read the plan'? I dare you to read it! You ll ee it' banning ffirm tivc Action on ovember' balnot discriminatory. It's better!" lot.1 hat would motivate upporter of Affirmative Bush announced hi. One Florida plan on Acti n program to vote, and they would likely overnbcr 9, 1999, eliminating and gender vote again t th Republican pre idential nominee. by executive order in all agencie One Florida, by placating moderate opponent of under direct control of the govl.!rnor and propo ing Affirmative Action, could steal the win I from th\! change in education and contracting. Ethnic and keep Democra i at At approximately 7:00pm, Bush stepped out of a white mini-van. Officers swarmed around him as the occupant of the van emerged. A protester pushed forward a flier, which he accepted, before he, hi. wif. his small ensemble and other ecurity entered the gates and went into the build ing. The crowd shouted "What do we want: Equality! When do we want it: ow!" With his entrance, the impetus for the protesters cooled, and by 7:30 few vehicle were arriving and the crowd had largely di:bur cd. According to a Bradenton Herald article by Roberta Nels n, who interviewed several New College students before entering the event herself, "The demonstration failed to dampen the spirit of the crowd, most of whom gave Bush a tanding ovation during hi short peech." Two student.' opinions of On Florida were quoted in the Herald. According to elson, $420,000 wa rai ed by the e cnt. Information from the t. Petersburg Time con tributed to this report. Web Links on One Florida: Bush has set up n website to promote One Florida, a multimedia presentation of arguments in favor of the plan: www.state. fl.usteog/one _florid ali ndex. html "(he website for the Governor's office is usef Jl for information about t Jeb Bush and how he presents himself to the public: www.state. The St. Petersburg 1mes has covered the debate over One Florida extensively, and has complete archives searchable online: www.sptimes.eem


6 The Catai'(St News March 2, 2000 Florida migrant workers take their battle to New College Workers, students, and a giant Statue of Liberty walk down Tamiami Trail to protest low wages. by Mario Rodriguez Thursday morning, November 24, at approximately 9:30 am. Focusing on the gutters, U.S. 41 is cigarette butts, broken glass, and gravel. Looking up, it is sunshine, prefab housing, churches and strip malls. One Mexican Statue of Liberty tools down the Bradenton highway at a brisk 10 mph for the migrant farm workers, activists and 26 New College students trailing it on foot, closing off a lane and pumping out Latin Music and Hip-Hop. The previous day in Sarasota, the cops halted the procession, organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, for obstructing traffic. Still, the officer had to admit right-off: '"That's a beautiful Statue of Liberty,"' repeated coalition member Greg Asbed at a discussion held last Wednesday night in Q) Sudakoff. j Roughly 15 feet high, the darkly complicated face offset .,... the pistachio of patina robes. Lady Liberty cradled a bushel of paper mache tomatoes, holding one aloft Throughout the 230 mile march, which began in Fort Myers on February 19 and wiii end in Orlando March 4, she will embody the Coalition's ongoing campaign for open di alogue on a living wage with Florida growers i Migrants receive 45 cents for a bu s hel, a 32 pound .... bucket. At the discussion, Asbed descr i bed their labor as back breaking work: "You fill [a 20 to 30 lb. bucket], run it acros the field, throw it on the truck and you have to do it 200 to 300 times a day." To earn $50, he said, "you have to pick 2 tons of a dayt" "The people live in very degraded conditions. Marching is a way to im merse yourself in this problem." Florida Gulfcoast University student Chris Ruhnke pulled up the rear as the demonstration pushed the 14 miles to Bradenton. Ruhnke had what he called a "spiritual commitment'' to the march, so he quit his job as a highly paid waiter and skipped out on a week of classes. At first be thought he wouldn't. He just went to class. "I've never had a more vacuous experience," he recalled. "The professor was so banal, the students were all so wrapped up in their own little worlds." "I came back here to march realizing that the problem is interesting enough and important enough to seek a solution for it,'' he said. Ruhnke accompanied Krista Kuneir, founder of the Campus Association for Student Awareness (CASA), also a student at Florida Gulfcoast University. The organization keeps students in formed about the conditions facing migrant workers. Elizabeth Ortiz, head of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, also joined the troupe Thursday. Her union is an organization of homeless mothers based in Philadelphia. Orti z c ould be seen waving from the back of a pickup truck mounfed with speakers at pas s ing cars as they honked for higher wages. She s tre s sed the importance of collusion between activist groups. Students ; too, are an essential ingredient in the cooper ative effort. The marchers tried to recruit New College stud e nts Wednesday in Sudakoff. "As students you have power as we II. [t's somewhat of a pity to see in these later years that the young people (and l"m also kind of young) have remained rather docile ... they need to become more involved in making unju. t situ at ions just," said Benitez. ''The worst struggle is the one that you do not under J;;..Qn..)l ur fee than to end a lifetime Two years ago, the Coalition succeeded in securing a 10-cent increase in payment per bushel r om a grower named Gardelo. Since then, three major companies have increased their rate ce di bed an: acc.ompanies b lacklisted Gardc lo, and slit/ refuse to even meet wit h workers, feeling tbey have no accountability to on your knees," be concluded. \ I have my heart in t his cause," said Sam, an African American migrant worker from Puerto R ico. "I would die for this ca u se, and will never forget the words of Dr. Martin Luthe r Kin g: [ f yo u can t run you walk. If you can t walk y o u crawl, but you never give up.'' migrant workers in Florida. the public Please w rit e a l ett e r to the Gove rn or," h e i m plore d the ass embly, "an d do it as many times as you can and have your frie nds do it as many times a s the y can because (Bush] might not be ready to jump out and lead the cause, but he is accountable to the public." Ramon Tello cheered the procession Thursday. Decked out in a black cowboy hat and a denim jacket, Tello has lived in Bradenton since 1978 after moving from his native Texas. "[I hope they get) more money because they really need it. I used to pick tomatoes and oranges. I know what its like to work in the fields." Just back from Oklahoma City, Tello now works as maintenance man, though he says he will do any kind of work, including returning to the fields if necessary. Money isn't the only issue though. The lack of medical insurance, over time, sick leave, or vacation time compounds the migrant farm workers' plight. Sun-sickness is common because water is only provided at certain lo cations in the field. "[The growers showed us a video that told us to] separate the clothes we wear to work and those we wear on the street when we wash them," com mented farm worker Lucas Benitez on Wednesday, "but they re the same clothes anyway. What difference does it make?" mcdicual jalf __ -----------When: Thursday March 3rd through Sunday March 5th lOam-6pm Where: The Ringling Museum Estate. General Admission: $11.95 Everyone must have their student I D on them. All cars parked In campus parking must have the proper decals and/or hangtags. Behind sunglasse s Justo Rivera plodded throu g h the morning sun 41 drifting by in the background. In Spanish, he said he marched for his father, mother and his brothers, and to show that a Hispanic person could amount to something. He said there's a lot of drug addiction on the farms among the youth, however. Many steal to buy drugs. They have lost their spirit and are not working. They are not helping their families.' "[I march ] to make the future," he said, "because few others can help you, and I search everything for the strength." 2 .. 22 .. 00 Non-student was ar rested for alcohol possession under the age of 21 and for out standing warranl 2 .. 22 .. 00 Non-Student was ar rested for alcohol possession. 2u22u00 Juvenilenon student referred to Juvenile Court for alcohol pos session. Released to mother In lieu of de tention 2u22 00 Fighting/Battery of Law Enforcement offi cer Officers Marion and Calitri were breaking up a fight in Palm court and were assaulted by two sub jects causing injury 2 22 .. 00 Person(s) unknown did smash the Exit sign cover outside GRH Value $100 2 .. 22 .. 00 Bicycle Stolen, Value $300. Nonstudent reported the theft of bicycle chained to a Pei bike rack 2u24,00 New College Student reported the theft of her wallet containing $76, DL, and miscel laneous papers taken from backpack left outside HC L 2 2 .. 26.00 Unknown person(s) pulled a DRH fire alarm resulting in a false report of fire. No fire or smoke pre sent. Sarasota Fire Engine 41 responded


7 The Catalvst News March 2. 2000 Dr. Michael H. Campbell: New College Renaissance Man Alumni Association President Dr. Michael Campbell serves as an adjunct professor of psychology. by Max Campbell Michael H. Campbell is a man who wears many hat : he is a licensed Psychologist at our campus Counseling and Wellne Center, the President of the ew College Alumnae/i Association, and, as of last December, an Adjunct Assi tant Profe sor of Psychology for the Social ciences Divi ion. Campbell (who of no rej lation to thi reporter) de. cribed his experience thi .-i emcster a "a bit of a juggling act" between teaching and counseling, but remained enthusiastic about his choice to accept the adjunct professor's position. "I love teaching, especially teaching here," he ex plained. "New College students attract ew College faculty-that's part of what's real! y special about this place." all kinds of things that would make good research projects, here," Campbell aid. "I'd like to know what the self-selection factors are for housing choices (at New College). Maybe there aren't any, but I suspect there are. Who de cides to move into Dort. vs. off-campus, vs. Pei, v B dorm? The question is, why would you choose one over the other?" If Campbell occupies cveral different roles on our campus today, he followed an equally diverse field of tudy when attending ew College as a stu dent. After enrolling in the fall term of 1987, he Dr. Campbell stands in front of the campus welfness center, where he practices In addition to his many other roles, his position on campus al o help. him take a more active role in the Alumni Association. "It' just a coincidence that I'm here when I happen to be president, but it's al lowed me to be pretty active," Campbell aid. "It certainly takes up some time, but it's very worth itit's amazing what we've been able to do. There have only been about 3000 alums in the history of the col lege. It's exciting to help develop uch a small, fa t-g rowing organization." Among many other thing Campbell has worked with Kathy Killian of the New College Admis ions Department to bolster recruitment. "We've been a king alum to nominate spent hi first two years of college taking classe in all divisions: "I was at tracted to New College and excited by the .nove l academic environment." Then, finally faced with the dreaded task of declaring an area of concentra tion, he decided on Psychology and Latin American Studies. "I remember having to fill out the form, and deciding that I'd better make some sense of the courses I'd been taking," Campbell explained. "I actually looked over my transcripts and saw that that was how they all added up." Campbell went on to earn a master' degree in geography from Florida State University (FSU), and finally obtained a Ph. D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida in Gaine ville, with geography as his minor. ln January of 1998, he came to New College for a post-doctorate res idency, and ta ed ere for an extra year. "I am offici:tlly a Coun eling t, with the dec der ring the ecret handshake and all that stuff," prospective students and attend college fairs," he said, "Part of the challenge is to figure out how we can be most helpful, both in terms of academic up port and taff support." What doe the future hold in store for this New College Renai sance man? "One of the great things about being a psychologist," Campbell ex plained, "is that you can fashion a varied career, which i probably what attracted me most strongly to psychology in the first place. You can teach, you can practice, you can consult. .. I think it's more exciting to do a little bit of everything." Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: a m pbe\ explained. u er chol gical issue ... The RAs arc the first l ine, a nd th ey d o a grea t J O b w e for his invaruabfe (at ParkVICW Coun eling and Wellness Center) are there for support tf a n y-assistance in making thing goe wrong." this, and all future Campbell described his being offered the po tJon to an issues Abnormal Psychology course as "a particular wmdow opportun.tty, ex-possible. plaining that "Social Science had some money to hue an adJunct to compen ate for (New College professor) Gord?n ----.. Bauer's reduced teaching load ... they needed to htre somebody local. o they approached me." It isn't the fir t teaching position he has ever held-Campbell re called that before coming back to New College, he was a visiting faculty mem ber at the University of Tampa, and a profes or of geology at FSU before that. t onethele s, this is his first experience in teaching at New College, and as uch it is a unique experience. "Often, the expectation of in more 'tradi tional' places are really different (from NC student )fundamentally different in some ways," Campbell ex plained. "I think that teaching here is a more collaborative enterprise. There were some very bright students at FSU but the expectation is that the stu dents will sit there and that the professors will fill them up with knowledge. '1Y students here bring stuff for me to read. It's a very different environment. .. a lot more entertaining and engaging." "I think that teaching is very important," he added. "The more you have to talk about psychology, t.hc more you have to think about psychology-the dia logue with students in a cia. s room has alway helped me with my r search idea Campbell's main re earch interest at this point is in environmental psychology. In fact, his dissertatjon was a study on the impact of col lege dorm design on student adjustment, with New College students included in the sample. "There are editorials, or an that i intended b e s h ared with the student body. Letters to the E d i tor should be no more than 250 w rds and are not a forum .. for free advertlsmg. Contribution: A factual article written by someone not on staff. Contributions hould be informative and pertinent to the interests of New College student as a whole. Contributions range in length from 250-SOCfwords. Guest Column: A solicited opinion piece. Guest columnists ao not nece sar ily represent the view of tfze Catalyst, but rather opinions of which we feel tnc New College commu nity should be made aware. Guest columns may range in length from 250-500 words. All submissions should be turned into box 75 or e mailed to catalyst@virtu, by Friday at 5pm.


8 The Catalyst News March 2, 2000 Professor 'Mac' Miller plots to bring poetry to the masses Literature Profes or Miller's presentation gives a unique spin to the Faculty Lecture Series. By Leah Schnelbach For his contribution to the faculty Lecture Series, Professor Mac Miller did something a lit tle different. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ew CollAge magazine, he participated in a poetry reading that featured :everal students who have contributed to the magazim .. StrH.:c ew CollAge has reached it thirtieth birthda> it is, according to Profe sor Miller's description of the magazine. "the longest urviving of the morc-or-lcss-consi -tently-published po try magazines certainly in Florida, perhaps in the entire Southeast." Professor Miller, Nestor Gil, Jr., Lauren Rathvon Jeff Tonn, and Keith Yanessa all read poetry for the event. Aron Edidin wa the previous presenter in the Lecture series, o it was his job to introduce Miller and tell the audience a few thing about his life. Miller took a doctorate at Pnnccton in 1959, and left the Army in 1964 to become part of New College' 'charter faculty.' He earned a doctorate from Duke University. Professor Edidin called him a "guru to poetical activity here at New College." While Edidin was a cw ollege stu dent, Mac was the only one to offer Independent Re earch Projects. When Miller took the tage, he described himself a being, "like the child that's conceived five minute before the wedding: a real technical bastard." True to his word, he talked a bit about the tech nical aspects of writing poetry, and about his experiences with the Voice and Visions course he's taught. lfc also described the dilfcrenccs between vvTitten poetry and spoken poetry lie said that one i .... Pmfnmr J 'vliller talks about lw literarr magazine ew CollAge at hi\ lectwc. of diffl;rences between modern writing and that of a century ago is that people used to read their work aloud, whereas now ideas are usually shared on paper. He said that there were things you can do "in the air" that you can't do on paper. He showed the audience one of his own poems on an overhead, and then read it aloud to show the difference it made. The repetitions of certain lines and pause he injected enhanced the drama of the sto ... ....... He then deferred to his students, who each read several original v-.ork::. Nestor Gil. Jr. read a poem called "La lusica," which celebrated Cuhan music, and described how it helped his family through hard times. Lauren Rathvon read her own poems, one of" hich was called "after ..,cx," and, ell, talked .tbout sex, then went on to read one poem each b;. Amber DiPietra and Anna I ltgguls. both of w hum ,m: studying off-campus this semes ter. Jeff [(lllll, read "Poetry's uicide." a tunn} account of finding Poetry body in the llucJ...un Rtvcr, and Yanes. a read "Your is a cason," a darkl_y C)rnic poem dealing'' ith mor tality. The .tudiem : c was enthusiastic, and quite invol\ cd '' ith each of the readings. \ hen they finished Prukssor Miller read two more of his poems, one on the death of hi mother. and Haiku that ,.,.a.., more or less about Goodwill. Both of them were poignant and hilarious. Professor Milkr had provided a table covl!n:d with issues of cw CollAge and other poetry magazines, and. as he had cunningly set it up near the cookies, many people looked through them as they ate. There seemed to be ignificantly issues after tl1e reading, o Profe. sor Miller' plot to force poetry on innocent people seem to have worked.

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