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Features History Candidate -page3 Final Destination, Beyond the Mat -page 6 Volume XI, Issue 5 Van Wezel shows now in circus tent by Ryan McConnick Price, Esq. Overlooking the gentle waves of Sarasota Bay, a circus tent glows like a neon cake in the night. This is the Van Wezel Festival Tent, which has been erect since late December of 1999. The tent belongs to the Circus Sarasota, an organization de voted to making Sarasota into the circus city il was always meant to be. Circus Sarasota purchased the tent from a Rus s ian circus in Orlando as the first step towards es tablishing a permanent school of the circus arts in Sarasota. The rainbow of canvas is being used in the stead of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Hall it elf is in the of being torn down for rent The Van W czel wa ed 32 years ago by a bequest of the city of Sarasota and built with donations from local philanthropists (We at the Catalyst feel that every locale needs philanthropists) Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel. It was de signed by architect from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the color scheme a particularly strik ing combination of Easter lavender and electric purple was selected by Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, the ar chitect's widow. It has been the venue for an incredible variety of performers, fron1 George Burns to the Royal Canadian Brass to the drumming Rose family of Senegal ... even Regis Philbin himself has played the Van Wezel. The theater represents the heart of Sarasota's renowned cultural community, which includes the Sarasota Opera House, the Ringling Museum, and the Golden Apple Dinner Theater. 1 he theater's 140 performances each year include productions by local artists such as the Florida West Coast Symphony and the Jazz Club of Sarasota, as well as various trav eling troupes and acts. The Hall is now undergoing rad ical changes; the "Millennium" was the starting point for a $19.2 million renovation that will incorporate more comfortable eating, universal disability access, a 25,000 foot stagehouse, advanced sound and lighting, and more restrooms! Truly lSEE "VAN WEZEL" ON PAGE 3 Opinion Editorial: Guests Need Guest Passes, Special Report: Student Protesters -page 7 sleep is for the weak March 22, 2ooo Foundation Action Auction stirs excitement Circus-themed fund-raiser brings out New College's benefactors by Heather Whitmore "I encourage all of you to bid from the heart. When you bid from the heart, your arm and the paddle have a life of their own,'' announced the Ringmaster auctioneer at the open of Saturday's live Action Auction, "Under the Big Top." Students may have noticed the enormous clown head marking the left entrance into Hamilton Center, but may not have realized that it was the gateway to the 30th annual New College Foundation Action Auction. Drawing over 300 guests at $125 a head, the event in cluded both a live and silent auction, which offered exotic treasures from orienta] rugs to European vaca tions. According to host, Mary Loo Wingerter, Vice President for events / associates for the New College Foundation, the auction is the largest fund-raising event held by the Foundation and contributes significantly to the financing of New College programs. Although it began to rain at 4:30 pm, causing some parking difficulties, with the help of New College stu-began at 5:30 pm and lasted roughly 5 hours. Transformed into an all out "Big Top" of fun, Hamilton The Action Auction included a three-hour dinner, served in an ambience not often felt in Hamilton Center. Center was draped from floor to ceiling with circus theme paintings, ornamented with wood carving of trapeze artists, and filled with over fifty tables dressed in crystal and silver flatware. At the entrance to the auction Construction to create New College .Xanadu With modifications, campus on track to new arrangement of infrastructure by Max Campbell Anyone who has ever wondered about the rhyme and reason behind the construction on campus may rest at ease knowing that it's all going according to plan: to wit, the Urban Design 10Year Master Plan, first envisioned in Nove nber of 1995. According to Campus Architect Rick Lyttle, the efforts of the. construction crews are being coordinated in one grand campaign to banish traf fic and utilities to the periphery of the campus, thus creating a central region which will be a kinder, gentler place for pedestrians and passersby. "Of the. open spaces we did plan, the overall concept was that east of Route 41 would be residential, and west of 41 would be academic areas," Lyttle said. "We wanted to create what we call an academic quadrangle." The idea of the academic quadrangle, as he explained it, would be an open and visually appealing area, where people may walk and enjoy the scenery without having to worry about that nagging fear of getting run over. Nor wiJI such annoyances as phone or power line mar this pastoral vi sion, Lyttle explained: "we used to have an electrical service running down the middle of the campus. Now we need to get it pulled to the perimeter. the goal is to try to make the campus more inviting to the pedestrian." Thus, the stray utility poles which may still be sighted on some parts of the campus are no longer operational, but the GTE company has yet to remove them from the way of progress. Another part of this rna ter plan is being executed through the building of a loop road which will encircle the campus. "The concept of the loop road is that General Spaalz will continue all the way around to Cook Hall and back, H Lyttle said. "We'll be creating new park ing areas where Hanson and Selby are now, and another area by the new Marine Science building." lie added that the conversion of I !anson and Selby will be "replacing a parking lot, and not building a new one-the parking lot that's there now will become a green space for the acad emic quadrangle." Hanson and Selby themselve are scheduled to be de molished in June, or right after the residing professors are safely ensconced in the new Natural Sciences build ing. "The Natural Science building will be ready by the end of the term," Lyttle said, adding that "the Marine Biology building by the bay will be completed this sum mer." For the most part, however, the master plan calls for the bay front to remain undeveloped: "it's always been thought of as open u e space for the students." Similarly, development will not encroach too far into the territory of the historic buildings on the western side of the campus. "I'm very sensitive to the historic value of those buildings," Lyttle said. "I think it would really ruin them to try to jam a new building right up against them." As Lyttle put it, "the master plan document is exactly that: it gives you the picture of where your buildings, roads and so forth will go," but is nonetheles open to amendment. He explained that in the original plan, the loop road was to run between Cook Hall and Robertson Hall, but the ------..,------..---, jSEE "CONSTRUCTION" ON PAGE 4


2 The Catalyst Vermont House Approves Same Sex Unions The Vermont House of Representatives last week narrowly passed a bill 79-69 that would make Vermont the first state in the United States to allow homosexuals to form "civil unions." The bill recognizes everything almost everything about marriage but the title. "This is certainly ground breaking," said Peg Byron, education director for the gay advocacy group Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, I think it really sets a moral as well as a legjsla tive example for the rest of the country." The term "marriage" will still only apply solely for the union of a man and a woman. There was some disappointment that Vermont did not approve gay marriage outright, despite the excitement. "It's an important start," Byron said, "Vermont's not able to walk the whole road yet (but) this beginning is so crucial." The bill will be voted on by the Vermont senate and by the Governor next month where it is expected to pass. NRA Turns the Blame Toward Clinton Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association said the Federal Government's lackadaisical prosecuting of criminals is to blame for the continued trend of deaths connected with firearms. He said that Clinton had "blood on his hands" because he had not enforced existing gun laws, and that the president bas exploited recent gun violence for political ga in. Fe der a l spokespersons have re sponded by saying that it is the states that are to blame for loose enforcement of gun laws. Later in the week, in a related issue, Smith and Wesson, a major firearm manufacturer, agreed to install locks on their handguns if Washington and Government agencies would withdrawal lawsuits seeking damages for gun-related inci dents. Second Largest Mass Suicide Happens in Uganda In a tragic event, at least 235 people, and as many as 470 people, are dead after locking themselves in a church and setting it on fire. "There were about 235 registered in the cult," News Ugandan police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said, "it was impossible to tell exactly but the number of people was likely to double .. .ladies, children, and men." They apparently locked themselves in the church at Breakfast time and after hours of chanting and singing, set the church on fire. The people involved were members of a millennium sect of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. The church where the fire happened was in Southwest Uganda, approximately 200 miles from the capital Kampala. The largest mass suicide in recent times was when a United States pastor Jim Jones in 1978 led 914 people to their deaths. A Precarious Step Toward Independence For Taiwan The Nationalist Party, which has ruled Taiwan for more than 50 years, was ousted last week and a new ruler declared--Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party. The change represents not only a historical shift, but a major shift in policy as well. Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party favor an independent Taiwan-a position that is "dangerously at odds" with China. Beijing bas also recently called Shui-bian deceitful, leading to intense international concern about the new development in a long strained relation ship between Taiwan and China: However, in his acceptance speech, Shui-bian sought to al. leviate some of the concerns. He r mi ed a he would seek deeper economic ties and "a permanent peace, but not declare independence. Down to Two In the end only two candidates are left standing after months of furious campaigning--and for both a number of unexpected scares. It will be Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore facing off in what promises to be an intense and close race to the Presidency. On "Super Tuesday11 both men won convincingly over their rival to lock in the presidential nomination of their party for the November election. Polls taken already show the two candidates in a virtual dead-heat. Bush and Gore have also began taking shots at each other in March 22, 2000 congratulatory e-mails that they sent to one an other. The last line in Bush's e-mail stated "This internet of yours is a wonderful thing." March Madness The N .C.A.A. Final Four College Basketball tournament kicked off this week. Two number one ranked teams, Arizona and Stanford, have already fallen prey to March Madness and are out of the tournament. Often cited by fans as the best sporting event of the year, it comes in second to the Super bowl among sports Television watchers in the United States. Paraplegic Walks for First Time Frenchman Marc Merger took his first steps in ten years after a revolutionary operation to restore nerve functions using a microchip implant. Merger, who was paralyzed in a car accident, described his feelings as "extrodi nary." He commented about his progress, saying "at the beginning, a week ago, I could stay standing for about two and a half minutes. Several sessions later, I was at six and a half. I'm telling you, it's magic." Doctors who carried out the operation in the southeastern French city of Montpelier said "for the moment he is like a child learning to w alk, but he should still make great progress within th e n ext six months." Merger walks by using a special key pad that acts as a remote control for the an h t b n e s send impulses through w i re s to stimulate his leg muscles. Doctors also said that they had not repaired Mergers injury and that the microchip system would only work for paraplegics whose muscles had remained alive despite their nerve damage. Information compiled from the The New York Times, Associated Press and Reuters. catalyst The Catalyst is available on the World Wide Web at http :I /www.sar.usf. edu/-catalyst/ General Editor Shanon Ingles Managing Editor Ben Ruby Layout Editors Mario Rodriguez and Michael Sanderson Copy Editor Kathryn Dow Online Editor and Business Manger Nikki Kostyun Photography Heather Whitmore Staff Writers Max Campbell, Darren Guild, Kelly Jones, Ryan McCormick Price, Esq Leah SchnGibach 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 5700 N. Tamiami Tr. Box #75 Sarasota, FL 34243 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. Submi sions should be labeled as either letters to the Editor or contributions and include names and contact information. Submissions in "rtf'' or "WriteNow" format may be saved to the Catalyst Contributions folder in the Temp Directory on the Publications Office file server, printed submissions may be placed in campus box 75, and all other contributions may bee-mailed to catalyst@virtu. No anonymous submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm Saturday in order to appear in the following week's issue.


3 The Catalyst News March 22, 2000 History candidate vsits: John Lowry, lmperialst scholar Hailing from Oberlin and Yale, Lowry declares his "real enthusiasm is for teaching." by Le b chneJbacb As St. Patrick's Day dawned, faculty, tudent and a guide dog puppy all crowded into the Anthropology Lab to meet John S. Lowry, the econd candidate for Professor Lazlo D m 's History position. Lowry specializes in German hi tory of the past two centuries. Hb talk wa entitled Wilhelmine Imperialism, Overseas Resistance, and German Domestic Pol itics lt centered around lhe idea that grass roots rebellions in Samoa, the PhiHppin s, Africa, and China had a direct impact on German politics. Each of these revolts a factor in th relation-hip between Kaiser Wilhelm and his Catholic countrymen. It al o often an cted German for eign policy. For instance, Germany upported Spain during th Spani h-American War, thinking the e tablished world power would ea ily overpower the younger nation. When Spain was defeated, Germany was forced lo recognize America as a naval power. Thi Jed to several clashe. between German and American hips. It abo gave the Kai er an e cu e to build more bat tle hips and cruisers. Lowry was interested in the idea that the smaller countries, without even realizing it, were influencing the people who coloni7ed them. Afterward history student J.C. Carandang aid the speech kicked ass. It g av e a new dimension to the i. sue t hat we never thought sa &hal he didp't know th c 11 ar. f ltpptn and amoa had such an effect on world powers. Lowry, standing ju t off the path between the Socwl Science building and the Anthropology Lab, wants to mtlkc N e w Coll ege his home. (Photo by H e ath e r Whitm o r e ) as a child. He attended Oberlin for his u ndergrad uate degree, and refer s \ o t h e a s Later that day, at the "meet-a nd-greet cssion. horizons. He had to leave early, because of the prole Is in nananmen Square. He went to Yale University in 1990 to get his doctorate. He had found book in China dealing with the German invasion of Xiaozhou Harbor, and became intcre ted in the Chinese per pective on German foreign policy. While at Yale, he. tudied the inva sion again from German and American points o iew, and began looking at other rebelliou German colonies. 1 his research valved organi cally" into his di crtation. Dr. Lowry spent the pa t year teaching at Wabash, and working as a research assi tant on the OPEL project. For this project, he examined General Motor documents that deal with their factones in Germany producing truck for the Na;d war effort. The documents will be used to determine if GM knew abqut the forced labor that wa used in the factorie Lowry first learned about ew College from the advertisement for Hi tory applications. He vi ited th web page and aid "it very much ap pealed" to him, and that he felt a "spiritual af mity [with the school] because of my experiences at Oberlin. He de cribed him elf a-; 'teaching-ori ented," and aid that "my cholarship is important t o me, but my real enthusiasm is for teaching." If he becomes a professor he re, h e would \ike to teach Modern erma n y from 1848 t o the present, E .in the l<>th and 20lh and em dent discus:-ion to traight lecture courses, and believes "active learning is the way to go." tudents were able to speak more informally with H1story. Aller h Lowry. and learn about hi life and scholarly in"in danger of uroce.ntr1C, so he tcre.-.ts. lie was born in Detroit, but mo cd often a year in China tcachmg nghsh to br< aden his Van Wezel is c rrently undergoing extens ve FROM "VAN f:Z/.:1." 0 PAGE -rl a tep into .::_j the future, the new and improved Van Wczd v. ill C\ en feature fully functioning air conditioning and heating systems. Moreover, a sculpture gard n will be added north of the main foyer, and the elby l ducation Center, home of civic outreach programs for the Sara ota community, will be founded on the site. Models of the new hall are on display both at the onstruction trailer ncar the Van Wczel site on Tamiami Trail, and in the main lobb. of the Selby Public Library. Until the new purple theater however, Van Wezel patrons eager for culture have had the op portunity to enjoy the Festival cason, a series of concert. and shows occurring within the 125 foot wide, 53 foot tall circus ig wam fondly known as the festival Tent. Shows in the tent have included the Carnegie I I all Jan Band, Leslie Nicl en performing a one-man bow as litigator and folk hero Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind'', "The Pirates of Pen?..ance" by th Gilbert and Sullivan Player:, and the Ballet d' oire Afrique' production of "Mandinka pic". Despite the unu:-.ual urroundin 'S, the shows have gone on to significant acclaim the cultural glitterati of Sarasota. While the ason ends on April 6th, ould-be concert'Ocrs can till either or vi it to obtain tickets fl!r pcrti.>rmanc s such as that by the Vtenna Radto ymphonv Orchestra (March 27th), a rare concert by Kennedy, the punk violinist (March 30th), even a show by the legendary B.B. King (Apnl 5th).


4 The Catalyst News March 22, 2000 Exten s ion of roads frees up space for pedestrian walkways j -i ..... ......, ... i Rick Lyttle stands in completed new science building, which allows new roads, sidewalks and parking lots to move forward. (file photo) fROM "CONSTRUCTION" ON PAGE 1 1 road's layout was changed due to L---------------....J concerns of lo ing too many of the oak trees which mark that area. One thing which the plan does call for, how ever, is a large, circular walkway to be installed on the western half of the campus, parts of which have already been built. In time, Lyttle explained, "buildings will be planned around that circular idewalk. When we have a new building planned, it' not going to be like, 'Well, wherc'll we put it?' 1 he m aster plan ..-.:ill point us in that direction." "La t ear" L tt\e said w e wer worki This faJI, we're working on above ground construction." A sig-ni fica nt p a rt of this w ill be the closing off of Dort drive, wh i ch will th e n b e converted into the main pedestri a n walk on campu s L y ttle expect the con struction on Dort to be highly noticeable next year. In speaking of what will come of this, he describes an area chiefly geared towards aesthetic pleasure: "Dort drive, I think, will become a much more inviting place." In addition, there will be a new pedestrian linking created between Dort and Goldstein and the Pei dorms, "so they (Oort and Goldstein students) won't feel quite so isolated behind the tennis courts." Lyttle said that he expected the construction plan to increase the ease of disability access on campus, as well: "For the most past, the campus does meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA), but we do need to make improvements, and it will be much easier to do so with the new construction than it will be to fix it in with the old layout." According to Lyttle, most of the buildings on campu arc reasonably easily acces ed, but "what we're probably lacking is in the connection between the buildings ... with the new sidewalk system, I think the connection between buildings will be improved," making the campus a a whole easier for disabled persons to navigate. In general, Lyttle said, construction is well up to speed with the master plan's vision, and there have been few. ignificant difficulties along the way. "The circular walkway behind the Anthropology Lab will be torn up," he re flected. "I wa n't happy with the quality of the work. But that will be the contractor's expense, and not ours ... a Jot of times, the rumor goes around that we're paying for it twice, and that isn't the case." Ilowever, Lyttle went on to explain that "it was more of a visual than a structural problem-we haven't had any problems with the contractors beyond the norm." Indeed, he touted their work in other aspects of the ongoing construction: "I think the Natural Sciences building is one of the most cutting edge in the state, if not the country. It's pretty well done." Since 1995 and the beginning of the current Master Plan, more than 70% of the buildings have been fully funded, largely by the New College Foundation-a feat which Lyttle described as "fairly phenomenal." Of the construction's planning as a whole, he remarked that "we had a much greater percentage of student and faculty involvement in the plan then they've had on the Tampa campus, and I think that speaks well for us here." Lyttle ex pre sed the hope that as the master plan of construction further unfolds, the campus population will continue to play a trong part in its vision. "We're going over a fairly monumental change on the campus, and it's not easy to accept. Con truction is dirty and a me s, but I've been grateful for the support of students and the faculty," Lyttle said. "The fourth-years live through the dust and don't see the fruition of it all, but when you come back after five or ten year', I think the campu will look much different and much better." This 10-year ''1/lu\trative Plan," dated November 2, 1995, continues to guide New physical restructuring. Buildings ex i sting at the time are solid; proposed buildings are shaded. The Heiser Science Complex was built exactly where indicated on this plan, but nothing exists or is planned for the proposed buildings above it. 11ze loop road to the buildings on the hay also was moved, to preserve oak trees blocking the original route. The original idea of an ''aca demic quadrangle" 011 the west part of College Hall, however, has been pre served and is already partially constructed. (Bluep r int courtesy of Campus Architect)


5 The Catalyst News March 22, 2QQ.Q. $40,000 Tiffany pendant and other extravagances benefit NC jFROM "AUCTION" ON PAGE 1 I and the smell of a buttery carnival. Guests started the night out with cocktails and gourmet hors douvres, while perusing the many items and pieces of art up for silent auction. At 7:30 pm the silent auction period closed to welcome a 3-course meal provided by Michael's on East Catering. The menu began with a Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad and moved on to Pistachio Crusted Mahi Mahi. The meal promptly ended with dessert at 8:30pm and gave way to the fun part: the Jive auction. Once the final item was sold off, guests spent the night dancing and drinking in the pleasant light of a disco ball. Organized by Auction chair Mrs. Diane Smoler, the event was the culmi nation of months of preparation by Foundation committee member Working to gather jewelry, trips, artwork, silver, apd many other desirable items, committee members brought together hundreds of thousands of dol lars worth of goods to bid off at this year's auction. According to the Action Auction catalog, all of the proceeds from the auction went directly to "help the Foundation meet its annual grant obligation that results in the honors col lege status of New College in the State University System." Items in the silent action included among many others things, a $2000 hand-hooked rug, a $2400 platinum and diamond ring, a $600 bicycle built for two, and gift certificates for meals. All prices were listed as suggest re tail, but the bidding ultimately set the price. Rather than the type of live auction where one might expect to see folks with paddles jumping from their Top le't Hundred'> or New College patrons pas ed through the oCof a '' 'J th feared-out Hamilton enter. giant clown, constructed at an entrance to e c Bottom left: decorated and prepared, Hamilton Center a warts as guests. seat to place a bid, a silent auction is conducted on cards placed before an item on which bids are written anonymously. At the end of the set time pe riod, the cards were taken up and the winners were informed. The last 5 minutes of bid time was characterized by harried men in tuxedos and women in formal gowns racing to fill the final bid line on their favorite vase or art work. That mayhem was nothing compared to the full-on hustle of the live auc tion. Called the "Big Block," the live portion offered items such as a $40,000 Tiffany aquamarine pendant, a $4500 Switzerland vacation, and a Victorian dollhouse worth over $6000. Again, these prices only reflected the retail value of the merchandise. The fun part of the night was when the guests began to bolt from their tables and chairs to buy these item at any cost. From across Hamilton Center people were pointing, waving their paddles, all in an effort to win that trip to Germany or a string of pearls. All the while, the blur-like voice of the Ringmaster auctioneer was bleating, "Twenty-five, twenty-five hundred at table 19, do I have a thirty-five? Thirty-five to num ber 11. Do I have forty? She says she wants it, don't hesitate 19!" Wingerter concluded that the auction was "very successful for the Foundation." She added, "everyone had a great time and the students were wonderful help." As the guests finished their bids, they filled New College's academic bag with scholarship and grant money. The Ringmaster aid it best when he cried, "Last call around the board, time is up-put it in the bag." Top right: objects on display before their sale rai ed tJu:usands. Bottom Right: patrons 'silently' bid on artwork. One prece eventually for over $2000. (Photos by Heather Whitmore) old


8 The Catalvst Entertainment March 22, 2000 Final Destination ot for fans of orginality or depth Teens in designer clothes, some with superhuman powers, battle evil with bad special effects by Kelly Jones The new teenage horror flick Final De titration came out last Friday, des perately grasping, for some univer. al theme to beckon movie patronage. "Fate of Death," the number one book. nd ba is for thi movie played as a ve, ed un e n supernatural force that liketo toil w i th elec rical fu c and stood as little more than a way to shO\ -off flashy Ilollyw d pecial effects. Ale Browning (De on Sav a) stars a the clairvoyant high chool senior who cnvi. ions flight 180 booked with his French clas bound for Pari going up in flames ju t minute be for it takes off from .IIK airport. His eizes in frantic warning that the plane is going to explode. but is met with mocking laughter by his classmate His outbr ak provokes a ight between students; five student and a teacher arc asked to leave the plane. Un urprisingl) nough, the plane blasts into conflagration mid-air and Alex's classmate arc left at the airport terminal in terror and u picion of their mystic peer. His premonitions continue to haunt him with the cryptic il lusions of impending death An owl flashes by hi bedroom window, sending a magazine into a fan that shreds page spell ing out the name of the next death. From this omen on, the movie continue to spell everything out for us in the most gory detail. Alex, the innocent ubj ct of these dark predictions is driven to get to the bottom of the unexplainable killing and breaks into morgue where the most recent victim (Chad E. Donella) Jays. A sinist r, nameless character emerges from the hadow and explains that death has a design and will not be "cheated." Alex miraculously di cov rs that this design" can he mapped out in the seating arrangement of flight 1 HO. his blueprint as his guide, he plans to defy fate a second time. But D ath is unmerciful in hi. vendetta to put away those that escaped h i m t h e firs t hme. a n d he graces us w ith th eatrically laoor a t e l a ught e r. Doe s it really matter who the e people are? See Final De tmation and discover from which evil corporation her mocha came. courtesy http: // / ) taggered by sudden deaths. Tbe mo t involved killing was initiated by vodka leaking into and short circuiting a computer that explod and sla he the victim's (Kristin Cloke) throat will razor-edged monitor glass. The deter mined Grim Reapt:r compound this with a knife to the heart and an fiery explosion that would make you think her hou e was saturat.ed in gasoline: Final Destination come. off as your tandard horror movte, complete with thunder and lightning, a peripheral FBI investigation, and blue oozy liquid with a mind o f i ts o wn After-hours wre tling crowd in Hamilton Center can now take field trips to the. movie theater by Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. What is it to be a 53 year-old wardog with ruined knee continuing to force your elf into a quare of cabled canvas to battle men half your age? What is it to wander the. mall town and back roads of America' rusty grain belts, drowning your lf in narcotic dclusi ns of past grandeur? What is it to volunt er your, elf to b beaten bloody with a :tee) chair in front of 15, 00 blo dthirsty fans, including your wife and children? Barry Blaustein attempts to an wer the e questions of lost dreams. Once a world-famous sup rstar with the WWF. Jake "The Snake" now tours the fairgrounds and V W halls of middle America, performing for crowds of up to 300. 1 trangcd from his daughter and reality, Roberts rambles about addiction dis. olution_ and sexual perversion as the audience writhes uncomfortably in their cab. In perfect summation, Roberts stares into the camera and grins: Portrait of a madman, huh?". before trailing off into chu kles. Blaustein's focus on this and ad man is a little di. comfiting ... but an apt por trayal of the gloomier side of professional wrestling's mad circus_ 1 he grave mia ma eems to lift a. we arc introduced to Mick Foley; fam ily man. lovable teddy bear, and all-around nice guy. beloved by his heautiful \ ife and worshiped by his lovely children. Unfortunately. this image (Juickly goc to shards as Blaustein shows u the horror loley unwittingly inflicts on his family as they watch him get mcrcile:sly beaten by his friend and fellow wrc tier Duane Johnson, better known as the Rock. Foley, the ideal father figure, brings terror into hi idyllic family life under the aegis of busi ness that has dominated his life_ In essence, Beyotld the Mat i an excellent and endearing portrait of omc of the men that arc mo t representative of this diver e, beautiful, brutal, cmel busine. s. From the images of tb young hopefuls from a broken-down gym receiving their first tryout, to the poignant reunion between Jake Robert and his daughter, 131austein gives u a funbouse series of image of the business that he lov s and has loved for ages untold, but ha..'i a tendency to leave us feeling unfini hed like a piledriver undriven, or a body unslammed. 'I he movie is good; make no mi take. Howe er, it asks more questions than it an swer and can leave the viewer feeling more than a little dcpre ed ... which was, sadly, not Blaustein's intention.


7 The Catalyst Opinion Editorial: Guests need to use Guest Passes March 22, 2000 As anyone who participates in campus life on a regular basis knows the students have just as much of a right to be on campus as students. New College campus is extremely open. Non-students regularly come onto The fact that non-students can be hannfuJ to campus life is undisputed. campus to attend parties, use the facilities, and visit New CoUege students. Valentines Day PCP made it very dear that non-students can create a tense Officially, any non student who is going to be on campus for any signifisituation on campus. The other problem is that having an extremely open cant amount of time is supposed to have a guest pass. This is a little campus undermines the principle of collective responsibility. It is difficult known policy and many students never go to the trouble of arranging for for New College students to take responsibility for our more public faciliguest passes for their guests. ties as a community when it is not dear that only New ColJege students The problem is that the guest pass system is important. It is a good access to those facilities. Simply as a practical matter no commusystem which is in place for a reason. It is important to differentiate benity can take responsibility for a certain geographical are if the entire tween those non-students that are on campus to visit with friends population of Sarasota bas virtually unrestricted access to that and those non-students who are here to get drunk at walls, use \ area. It is as ridiculous as saying that a condominium associathe hot tub, or in some cases engage in vandalism and assault. _.,. tion can take responsibility, not only for their building, but for It may seem to some that a strict policing of non student presrthe street their building is on. ence on campus invalidate s a certain egalitarianism that is at the heart \ None of this is to say that the police should build a wall of New College philosophy. That is not the case. It is a fact of our ed.. around campus. However there are things that students can do to help ucational system that every univer ity has a fixed enrollment. New the police keep track of the non-student presence on campu The most College students are New College students because they were admitted to important of these is getting guest passes. It takes five minutes at most to New College the academic institution. To pretend that there is no differ-fill out a guest pass. All it requires is the presence of the student and the ence between someone who is attending New College academically and guest in the cop shop. No complicated information or advance notice is resomeone who I S on campus for purely for social rea ons is ludicrous. The quired. It is a simple thing, and it would help police differentiate between pre ence of non-students is often harmful and it is not worth jeopardizing non-students who are here as guests and non-students who should not be campus safety or our sense of community for the ridiculous idea that nonhere Special Report: Masked students build wall of disestablishmentarianism with duct tape By Ryan McCormick Price, Esq. and Ben Ruby _A wailing wall of disestabl is h mentarianism arose mys .Jy w 2000 in Palm Court, constructed oy a groupo anony mous, black-clad, ski-masked students. The eerie and unnamable New Colle&e Activist Collective (which, come to think of it, is rather nameable after all) has craftily built a strange structure of cardboard, duct tape, and rope around four palm trees. None of the trees were available for comment. The structure is pasted with a wide variety of printed media reflecting various concerns of New College stu dents, including (but not limited to) women's issues, and other gender issues, issues of poverty, issues of prisons, and other issues of grave importance, as well as articles covering various specific events which relate to other such sociopolitical issues. Novo Collegians are encouraged to use the provided by the New College Activist Collective to il lustrate their various reactions, ideas and thoughts provoked by this structure. The Collective offers p a int s, ma r kers, crayo n s, and collaging supplies for t his purpose. The general goal is apparently to foster a kind u etween students the activrst collective students, and in ereSYed plll"ffe bm may or may not be students. The New College Activist Collective (whose anar chist ideals forbid abbreviation) was founded by a group of students interested in finding a ride to an ac tivists' conference in Georgia. These students, upon finding transportation, hit upon an epiphany formed an anarcho-syndicalist collective. The Collective has no leaders. Their goal is to observe all New College's ideological and sociological distinctiveness. is their first official project, although rumour has 1t _that their next project may involve piiiatas ... or poss1bly nuclear warheads. Members of the New College Activist Collective ac complished this first project under cover of for precisely the same reason that they asked to remam anonymous to the Catalyst. sac minutes 3.20.00 In attendance: Oscar Lopez, Jill <;:ollum,_ Shannon Dunn, Cathy Heath,. Juha Skap1k, Doug Christy, Jen Shaw (chatr). 1. Organization: Portraits of NC Cara Hutchinson Requesting: $170 in supplies and film Al1ocated: $170 2. Organization: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Kati Griess Requesting: $20.00 in food for cookies Allocation: $20 from FOOD RESERVE 3. Organization: Equipmentroom TA Vijay Sivarana Requesting: $300 for a bulb for the proJeCtor Allocation: $300 or best contract 4. Organization: Sexual Politics Meat Slide Show Cindy Highsmith, Joanna Dubinski Requesting: $3,000 for the speaker fees of Carol J. Adams Allocated: Tabled ***SAC meets on Mondays in the Fishbowl at 9:30pm*** **Turn in proposals by 5 pm on Sundays to Box 481 ** Contribution Guidelines Letter to The Editor: A reader's response to previous articles letters and/or ed i tor i al s or an opinion that i s int ended to --.... .. body. Letters to the Ed1tor should be no more than 250 words, and are not a forum for free advertising. 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2000 Miilennium Minority Job Fair, March 30April! in Jacksonville, FL. Representatives from newspa pers large and smaJl are planning to attend this job fair. They are looking for minority juniors, seniors, and graduate students to fill internships and fuJI-time positions. Registration: $45.00 through Feb. 29th, $75 after February 29th. Fee covers general sessions, concurrent sessions, luncheons, admission to job fair and receptions. Registration forms are available in the Career Center. For more information about the fair, e-mail Diana at cruz School for International Training (SIT): Scholarships for College Semester Abroad programs in Kunming, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam are available in the amount of $7500 up to the full pro gram cost (China $10,900 and Viet Nam $10,300). The scholarships are for educating undergraduates about Asia through field-based language and culture study abroad programs. SIT is seeking students attending Announcements public institutions who need finan cial support to study abroad and who would otherwise be unable to participate. Selection will be made on the basis of academic perfor mance, demonstrated interest in China or Viet Nam, and financial need. A faculty member must nomi nate applicants. Nomination form must be received by March 15, 2000. For more informaHon check the web site at Summer Programs Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, the University of Iowa, summer re search opportunities in environmental systems for under graduate students. A competitive stipend will be offered, plus room in University housing. For additional information, check out the Career Center web site at CareerCenter/, click on site map, click on Summer Academic/Research Programs. Fellowships The Herbert Scoville Jr Peace Fellowship: is a program estab lished to provide college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on issues related to peace and security. Choose your area of specialization, such as nonproliferation, arms sales, or the role of the United Nations in international security. For additional information, check out the Career Center web site at www.sarasota click on site map, click on Fellowship Starting Thesday, January 25th, and continuing throughout the term, Dr. MaryBeth 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 e-mail Dr. Matthews at 3.13.00 Two suspicious persons were reported in Parking Lot 3. Both were identified by campus police as Marriott employees. 3.16.00 Unauthorized use of comput ers in the Hanson building. 3.17.00 New College flag disappeared from the flagpoles hy the over pass. 3.18.00 Several non-students removed from a wall by Campus Police. 3.19.00 New College student injured and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Former New College student trespassed from campus. Noise Complaint registeredsource Cars and Music of Yesterday.

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